Trump Administration Rescinds Restricted Apprenticeship Ratio Policy

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Labor rescinded a policy put in place in the last days of the Obama administration known as “Guidelines for Reviewing Apprentice to Journeyworker Ratio Requests.” This guidance would have reduced the 2:1 ratio IEC has had in place for over 10 years to a prescribed 1:1 ratio in states governed by the Federal Office of Apprenticeship. 

IEC actively opposed the policy, which would have restricted the growth of IEC chapters, contractors and apprentices without any identifiable safety concerns or other known issues. IEC applauds this common-sense policy change by the Trump administration as the industry works to increase the number of apprentices entering IEC’s world class apprenticeship program.