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DOL apprenticeship plan stirs debate among contractors

The provision in question would recognize select groups as Standards Recognition Entities (SREs), which would establish criteria for structure, curricula and training for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). This would allow industry groups, associations, schools, states, localities and unions to become SREs. Those SREs would set standards for IRAP training and curricula in specific industries or business sectors, with oversight from the DOL.

DOL has said it would exempt construction and the military from the program because those sectors already have extensive apprenticeship programs.

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