Labor Department Omits Construction Sector in Proposed Apprenticeship Expansion

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The U.S. Department of Labor today omitted the construction sector when it announced a proposed rule that would establish a process to develop industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. NAHB is disappointed that the Labor Department failed to include the construction sector, particularly at a time of endemic labor shortages in the industry and a record-setting 404,000 open construction positions. Under the proposed rule, trade associations, educational institutions, state and local government entities or a consortium or partnership of these entities could become a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) that sets standards for training, structure and curricula for recognized apprenticeship programs in relevant industries or occupational areas. The rulemaking has been published in the Federal Register and will be open for a 60-day comment period through Aug. 26. NAHB plans to forcefully weigh in and urge that construction-related industries be included as part of a final package. For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407 or Felicia Watson at x8229.  

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