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Employment and Training Administration Releases Proposed Rule to Modernize Regulations for Registered Apprenticeships

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to enhance the National Apprenticeship System by modernizing regulations for registered apprenticeships. SWACCA’s public policy team has been deeply engaged in monitoring development of this proposed rule, including reporting on a May 2023 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship that made recommendations for elements of this proposed rule.

The proposed rule would include the following enhancements: (1) strengthening of labor standards, quality and worker protections by making occupational skills and training more portable, enhancing alignment with postsecondary education and providing better performance data; (2) better defining roles for State Apprenticeship Agencies and other stakeholders within the National Apprenticeship System; (3) codifying the Office of Apprenticeship’s role for national leadership, promotion, and standards; (4) promoting apprenticeship pathways, including pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship readiness programs, by expanding performance and data requirements to improve accountability, transparency and program outcomes; and (5) creating a student-centric model of Registered Apprenticeship, called Registered Career and Technical Education Apprenticeship designed to make them more seamless for full-time high school and community college students to enroll in a Registered Apprenticeship. Once published, the proposed rule will be subject to a 60-day comment period.

ETA will also hold a webinar on January 11, 2024 from 2 to 3pm ET to discuss the proposed rule. Registration for the webinar can be completed here.

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