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Robert Jones Appointed to Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

Robert A. Jones, former Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of IEC, has been appointed to serve as one of only seven employer representatives on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA). Jones’ term began March 30, 2015, and ends July 31, 2016.

The ACA is an advisory committee, subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, that provides valuable advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Labor on policy matters regarding the Registered Apprenticeship System. The ACA is comprised of 27individuals representing employers, unions, and the public.

“I appreciate the Independent Electrical Contractors for nominating me to serve on the ACA and I consider it an honor to represent our Association,” Jones stated.  “As an employer representative, I will do my best to use my expertise to help promote apprenticeship and address issues facing today’s workforce.”

According to the Secretary of Labor, the immediate priorities for the ACA include advancing the President’s American Apprenticeship Initiative, improving communication and outreach to create greater public awareness of the benefits of registered apprenticeship, expanding registered apprenticeship into new industries and occupations, improving the quality of existing programs, and improving connections between apprenticeship vacancies and workers who are ready to fill those jobs.

“Given the increased attention and promotion of apprenticeship as a model for workforce development, the Advisory Council on Apprenticeship will be providing a key leadership role on important policy decisions,” said Thayer Long, Executive Vice President/CEO of IEC National. “By participating on the federal level, Robert’s experience and knowledge gained through his tenure in the industry and at IEC will help expand the effectiveness of apprenticeship programs across the country.”

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website at www.doleta.gov/OA/advisory.cfm.