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Trump IRAPs Avoid Accountability, Fail Apprentices

Mar 11, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s launch of their Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs initiative.

 “President Trump’s latest apprenticeship plan is just the most recent reminder that this Department of Labor has never prioritized working people. Instead of investing in the Registered Apprenticeship program--a proven and effective federal workforce training program built in strong partnership with trade unions nationwide—President Trump has chosen to pursue an untested and unauthorized industry—run plan that does not protect the welfare of apprentices.

“Trump’s ‘Industry Recognized Apprenticeships’ (IRAPs) avoid accountability by leaving some oversight to third-party entities, undermining the assurance of quality and protection that the Registered Apprenticeship model ensures. I also have serious concerns with the political influence of non-union construction contractors in the rulemaking process.

“President Trump and the Department of Labor should abandon this plan, and instead work with Congress to expand Registered Apprenticeships to provide high-quality, proven workforce training programs for workers and employers nationwide.”