Frequently Asked Questions

May a sponsor give priority to qualified workers who have been waiting for openings in the apprenticeship program?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Yes. Under 29 C.F.R. 30.10, a sponsor may give priority to qualified workers who have been waiting for openings in the program, as long as that selection procedure is applied uniformly and consistently and complies with the requirements for selection devices under the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

However, nothing in the apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity regulations requires sponsors to give such priority.  Historically, sponsors have periodically renewed their apprenticeship lists, regardless of how many previous applicants were waiting for openings.  A sponsor may diversify its pool of applicants without automatically dismissing those who previously applied for an apprenticeship, thus widening the qualified applicant pool from which new apprentices are selected.

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