DOL Leaves Construction Out of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship

In a follow up to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) that provides initial guidance to those looking to participate in Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. Unfortunately, the TEN leaves out construction from this apprenticeship model stating, “In Fiscal Year 2017, apprenticeships offered by the US Military (USMAP) and in the construction industry accounted for approximately 25% and 50% of Federal Registered Apprenticeships, respectively. Based on the President’s Executive Order and the existing high concentration in these two areas, the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program shall initially be available to sectors other than these two in accord with the Final Report’s recommendation.”

The TEN is an initial training and employment notice, which will be followed up with a rule making.