The workforce analysis should use the sponsor’s apprentice data, regardless of whether or not the sponsor is also the employer.
When the sponsor is an organization that places apprentices with participating employers, which data should be used in the analyses – the sponsor’s apprentice workforce data or the participating employers’ data?
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Conducting utilization analyses helps sponsors identify deficiencies and determine whether they need to set utilization goals. The analyses provide sponsors with a method for assessing whether possible barriers to apprenticeship exist for particular groups of individuals by determining whether the race, sex, ethnicity, and disability status of apprentices in a sponsor’s apprenticeship program is reflective of qualified individuals in the sponsor’s relevant recruitment area. The results of the analyses will help sponsors decide whether and how to develop and engage in targeted outreach and recruitment activities to help meet Equal Employment Opportunity requirements.Read More
Yes. The Registration Agency will provide significant technical assistance during compliance reviews to help sponsors conduct their availability and utilization analyses. An automated tool has been developed for staff to use in helping sponsors conduct the analyses. The Demographic Analysis Tool simplifies the process, by using the most recent Census data on all workers in the civilian labor force (persons working and those looking for work) to perform the availability analyses. The tool also allows staff and sponsors to easily identify where the program is underutilizing women or ethnic/racial minorities.Read More
If the sponsor recruits separately for discrete locations, each training location will conduct its own utilization analysis and, with the assistance of Registration Agency staff, will identify the appropriate recruitment area for those locations. If the program recruits nationally for a centralized training location, the program will conduct the analysis using national-level Census data. Registration Agency staff will be trained to assist sponsors in conducting analyses using Census data, as well as the Demographic Analysis Tool.Read More
The EEO regulations for Registered Apprenticeship Programs require sponsors that must maintain an Affirmative Action Program to conduct two types of analyses and compare those analyses to each other.
- Workforce analysis: Identifies the racial, sex, and ethnic composition of the sponsor’s apprentice workforce
- Availability analysis: Determines the racial, sex, and ethnic representation of qualified individuals available in the relevant recruitment area
The utilization analysis is the comparison of the workforce analysis to the availability analysis. The results of the utilization analysis tell the sponsor if its utilization of women, Hispanics or Latinos, or a particular racial minority group is significantly less than would be reasonably expected given the availability of such individuals for apprenticeship. The specific steps for conducting the analyses are included in the Developing Affirmative Action Programs and Plans guide.
Workforce analyses must also be conducted to identify the number of apprentices in the program with disabilities. Unlike race, sex, and ethnicity, the proportion of apprentices with disabilities in the program is compared to a national aspirational goal of 7%.Read More