The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to enhance the National Apprenticeship System by modernizing regulations for registered apprenticeships.

The proposed rule would include the following enhancements: strengthening of labor standards, quality and worker protections by making occupational skills and training more portable, enhancing alignment with postsecondary education and providing better performance data; better defining roles for State Apprenticeship Agencies and other stakeholders within the National Apprenticeship System; codifying the Office of Apprenticeship’s role for national leadership, promotion and standards; promoting apprenticeship pathways, including pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship readiness programs, by expanding performance and data requirements to improve accountability, transparency and program outcomes; and creating a student-centric model of Registered Apprenticeship, called Registered Career and Technical Education Apprenticeship, designed to make them more seamless for full-time high school and community college students to enroll in a registered apprenticeship. Once published, the proposed rule will be subject to a 60-day comment period.

ETA will also hold a webinar on Jan. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET to discuss the proposed rule. Registration for the webinar can be completed here.