The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule that would allow private entities like employers and trade associations to self-certify apprenticeship programs. These programs would be referred to as Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs or IRAPs.
What is an IRAP?
IRAPs are “apprenticeship programs” that are not registered with a state or the DOL. IRAPs would be approved by private industry entities and would not fall under the same requirements as current DOL or state registered apprenticeship programs. IRAPs differ significantly from our Registered Joint Apprenticeship Programs. Our programs help recruit, train and retain workers through progressive wage increases; apprentice-to-journeyman ratios that promote safety; quality assurance assessments by the government; uniform standards; mandatory safety training; instructor eligibility requirements; and transparency requirements.… Read more... “INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS: BAD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY”
The Suchoman Committee is now accepting applications for the Suchoman Scholarship.
This scholarship is open to all IBEW 159 members, and retirees. Spouses and children are also eligible.
The Scholarship will cover all tuition, books, and supplies for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Completed applications and all supporting documents must be received by May 1, 2019.
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