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DOL Proposes Major Expansion of Apprenticeships

July 15, 2019 / Roy Maurer

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) newly proposed apprenticeship programs would be available to certified industry groups, schools, nonprofits and unions and would be largely free from regulatory oversight. The DOL recently released the long-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing certification requirements for a Trump administration priority: industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. The expansion of employer-led apprenticeships does not change any requirements of the current DOL-regulated apprenticeship programs, which would exist alongside the industry-crafted channel. The release of the proposed rule comes two years after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in June 2017 instructing the DOL to create guidelines for industry-recognized apprenticeships.