Frequently Asked Questions

Why do sponsors who develop Affirmative Action Programs have to analyze their apprenticeship workforce twice: first, in the workforce analysis, by occupational title; and second, in the utilization analysis by major occupational group?

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Equal Employment Opportunity regulations specify conducting utilization analyses by major occupation group to provide a larger data set for comparing to the availability data and deciding if goals need to be established.  For many programs, a utilization analysis at the occupational title level would not be very helpful because there are not many apprentices within each occupation.

The regulations require use of the more granular occupational title data when sponsors perform internal analyses of their workforces, such as during their annual reviews of personnel practices.  Having data broken down by occupational title allows sponsors to review their apprentice workforces at a deeper level that could be overlooked when titles are combined in the utilization analysis.

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