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Notice: IRAPs and the IUOE
Updated On: Aug 06, 2019

Industry Recognized Apprentice Ship Program (IRAP):

The U.S. DOL has released proposed regulations governing a new form of apprenticeship called "Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs", or IRAPs. Registered Apprenticeship has set the standard for quality for over 80 years and counting - annually graduating hundreds of thousands of men, women, minorities, youth and veterans without cost to the government. IRAPs have lower wage and safety standards, less oversight, quality, and less opportunity for workers. Unlike registered apprenticeship programs, there are no universally respected criteria in place to evaluate the skills or shortcomings of credentials issued under the IRAP system. This dilutes the strength of certifications and the training curriculum. Registered apprenticeship programs are the best way to prepare for a career as an Operating Engineer. Our apprentices receive hands-on training and classroom instruction, all made available by employers and labor working together. Subject matter experts working in the field and contractors who perform make our program strong.

Call to Action: Please submit comments via this link here to urge the Administration to reconsider its use of IRAPs and, at the very least, to make the construction exemption permanent. The 60 day comment periods ends on August 26th, 2019.

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