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MarketWatch: Apprentice rules are too strict, industry tells Senate panel

July 26, 2018

Government rules for federally registered apprenticeship programs are too restrictive, forcing the manufacturing, construction and health care industries to create their own programs, industry leaders told a Senate committee Thursday.

“We have an apprenticeship system burdened by rules and restrictions,” said Montez King, executive director at The National Institute for Metalworking Skills during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. “The system is not able to easily adapt to changes in industry.”

Mike Holland of the Associated Builders and Contracts, which represents the construction industry, called the Labor Department’s apprenticeship programs “rigid.”

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