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DOL ETA Sends Proposed Rule on National Apprenticeship System Enhancements to the White House for Review

Over the weekend, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received a proposed rule from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration entitled, “National Apprenticeship System Enhancements.” 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. In general terms, the Department is expected to use this rulemaking to revise its regulations at 29 CFR Part 29 and 29 CFR Part 30 governing the National Apprenticeship System. The proposed rule is expected to address issues such as the protection of apprentices, expanding equity, state governance provisions, creating a process to direct federal apprenticeship funding to certain programs, and more clearly establishing pipelines to registered apprenticeships such as pre-apprenticeships. OIRA review is typically the final step before a proposed rule is published in the Federal Register for public comment.

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