Revisions Bring Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century
The Department of Labor issued a final rule Wednesday that makes labor standards more flexible for the United States’ Registered Apprenticeship programs. The revised regulations improve quality and increase accountability to keep pace with 21st century employment opportunities.
"These regulations have been revised for the first time since 1977 to advance Registered Apprenticeship's strengths in developing a skilled, competitive workforce for the 21st century global economy," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Brent R. Orrell. "The changes we are instituting through these new rules will create more options for employers and position Registered Apprenticeship to engage today's growing industries, while ensuring the safety of apprentices and the quality of programs."
The revised regulations provide employers and apprentices with increased choices to meet the needs of industries that have traditionally used Registered Apprenticeship programs, as well as connecting with the workforce demands of new and emerging industries. The most significant changes to the regulations include: