Frequently Asked Questions

Are IRAPs required to pay a progressively increasing wage?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

IRAPs must ensure that apprentices are paid at least the applicable federal, state, or local minimum wage and must notify apprentices of circumstances under which wages will increase. Thus, apprentices will have the information necessary to make informed decisions about IRAPs and compare wage offerings of different IRAPs. IRAPs are not required to have a progressive wage structure because different IRAPs will likely vary in duration and will represent a broad spectrum of industries with different market wage trends. Further, a progressive wage structure could limit employer participation in IRAPs, particularly for employers that would offer IRAPs that are limited in duration. This, by extension, could reduce or eliminate choices for individuals seeking apprenticeship opportunities. 


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