DOL apprenticeship plan: experts argue pros, cons

“Last month, Department of Labor officials considering a new rule for apprenticeship programs received a groundswell of opinion on the matter. The department was bombarded with more than 325,000 comments from Americans, many of them focused on a controversial provision that would especially affect construction workers, according to Engineering News-Record. At issue is a proposal to exempt the construction industry from one element of the plan — creation of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) that would take over much of the standard-setting done by DOL and state agencies. “

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