Frequently Asked Questions

Are IRAPs replacing State Registered Apprenticeship Programs? If not, what is the advantage of an IRAP versus a State-approved Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

No, IRAPs and RAPs will work on parallel tracks with the support of the Department. The Registered Apprenticeship system has produced successful results in many industries for over 80 years and it will continue to do so. The industry-led, market-driven approach outlined in the IRAP final rule will give employers and other stakeholders the additional flexibility necessary to expand the apprenticeship model into new industries where registered programs are less prevalent and to address the diverse workforce needs of different industries and occupations. IRAPs provide a new apprenticeship pathway that lets industry organizations take the lead in identifying high-quality apprenticeship programs and opportunities based on the needs in their industry. 

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