Department of Labor to boost apprenticeship program

Under the Biden administration’s direction, the U.S. Department of Labor announced several actions designed to accelerate apprenticeship expansion. The actions come as the department considers halting the duplicative apprenticeship system that may reduce quality, strip protections for apprentices, and cause confusion for the industry. The department will suspend its acceptance and review of new or pending applications and plans to relaunch the federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.

In the past decade, the Registered Apprenticeship Program has jump-started the careers of more than 1.9 million U.S. workers in over 1,000 occupations ranging from traditional careers like electrician, carpenter, and plumber to newer occupations such as software developer, wind turbine technician, cybersecurity analyst, and 5G wireless technician.