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DOL ETA Issues Notice Discussing Elements of Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs That Can Help Increase Access to Registered Apprenticeship Programs

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) No. 23-23 on “Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs,” for the purpose of: (1) describing the scope and characteristics of quality pre-apprenticeship programs in a manner that is consistent with the language of the Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship final rule and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act final rule; (2) identifying how pre-apprenticeship programs can increase access to Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) for Americans, including those historically underrepresented and underserved in RAPs; and (3) providing examples of quality pre-apprenticeship programs in diverse settings.

TEN No. 23-23 replaces prior ETA guidance on pre-apprenticeship programs in TEN No. 13-12. The ETA notes that while its Office of Apprenticeship (OA) does not directly oversee or regulate pre-apprenticeship programs, OA recommends the elements outlined in this TEN as they facilitate subsequent success in a RAP. TEN No. 23-23 is addressed to state workforce agencies, state apprenticeship agencies, Job Corps programs, and YouthBuild programs, among others.

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