SMACNA applauds the final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on IRAPs (Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs). The rule will help expand apprenticeships in the United States by establishing a system for advancing the development of high-quality IRAPs while maintaining the current Registered Apprenticeship Program that represents the gold standard for apprenticeship training in the sheet metal industry.
Most organized trades in the construction industry pulled out all the stops to make sure the DOL was aware of the importance of RAPs in our the construction trades. Included among them were The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) which each released statements Wednesday applauding the passage of the final rule which excluded the construction industry from the IRAP program.
“Apprenticeships are widely recognized to be a highly effective job-training approach for American workers and for employers seeking the skilled workforce needed in today’s changing workplace,” Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia said.
SMACNA, TAUC and NABTU all believe the DOL’s final rule reflects the complex, multi-faceted construction industry and the need to provide future generations of craftworkers with the safest, most extensive training available.
Read TAUC’s press release.
Read NABTU’s press release.