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Re: Upgrading Standards for Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Collectively, the changes recommended will ensure that apprentices receive broad-based, quality training that will provide them with marketable skills for their entire careers and further the DOL’s goal of “rebuilding the middle class” and “connecting a diverse workforce to family-sustaining jobs.”

SMART and SMACNA encourage the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) to modify the regulations in part 29 governing registered apprenticeship to better effectuate the purpose of the NAA, which is to “safeguard the welfare of apprentices.” Collectively, the changes recommended below will ensure that apprentices receive broad-based, quality training that will provide them with marketable skills for their entire careers and further the DOL’s goal of “rebuilding the middle class” and “connecting a diverse workforce to family-sustaining jobs.” SMART and SMACNA urge the OA to strengthen its standards by incorporating the recommendations set forth below.

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