The “OFCCP Week in Review” is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment published every Monday. Here are this week’s developments:
Thursday, April 21, 2016: DOL Investing $90M to Expand Apprenticeship Programs: The U.S. Department of Labor announced plans to provide $90 million to expand the Registered Apprenticeship program throughout the United States. $60 million is meant to support state agencies to assist in the development of regional and local industry partnerships and $30 million to capitalize on various industry partnerships in fast-growing and high-tech industries.
These funds are expected to build a national effort assisting employers in starting apprenticeship programs and expanding opportunities for workers to find the same.
Up to $9.5 million is being made available now for states to create statewide strategies to expand Registered Apprenticeship through ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grants.
A White House Factsheet provides more information on the many benefits for employers who offer apprenticeship opportunities to potential employees.
Recently, the DirectEmployers National Labor Exchange (NLx) Steering Committee, in its winter meeting, heard a presentation from a member of the DOL staff on Apprenticeships. Greer Sisson, State Director, U. S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, highlighted registered apprenticeship programs and explained they offer both union and non-union programs. Employer involvement is critical in these “earn and learn” programs. There are several different models of partnership in which employers can get involved in building a program of their own. These options include community colleges, state workforce agencies and a host of other supportive services. Apprentices can complete a registered apprenticeship in many different ways, with the options of time-based programs, competency-based approaches or a hybrid approach.
DirectEmployers is working to assist in the expansion of the program at the DOL and will be providing information to our Members on how to develop Registered Apprenticeship programs in their organizations.
THIS COLUMN IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO OFCCP. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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Candee Chambers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Sr. CAAP, is the Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association where she is responsible for not only leading a team of over 50 people, but also for the continual development of the OFCCP compliance and recruitment marketing solutions for Members of the Association. Full Bio »