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DEVELOPING INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS (IRAPs)
Work-based learning, specifically apprenticeship programs, help address the skills gap and skilled trade worker shortage. However, employers face the challenges of developing industry-specific standards and certifying those authorized to create the standards. The U.S. Department of Labor seeks to help expand and ensure high-quality apprenticeships in the U.S. Under this new system, third-party entities called Standards Recognized Entities (SREs) can develop IRAPs which allow workers to get workplace training and skills to earn an industry-recognized credential - all while being paid. Those eligible to become SREs include trade groups, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, etc.
CORONAVIRUS COULD AFFECT OSHA COMPLIANCE ON HOME BUILDING SITES
The effects of the COVID-19 illness associated with a new coronavirus have already proven to be extraordinarily broad. Those impacts might be felt for months to come. NAHB has identified at least two areas of concern for home builders in the short term,both related to compliance with OSHA standards: The availability of N95 respirators for those working with respirable silica dust and OSHA reporting standards on injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS CHINA'S WOOD INDUSTRY
As the virus spreads throughout China, there are fears that it could disrupt the wood trade and global wood supply chain. Banks, warehouses and factories have been prohibited from operating and employees were ordered to stay home and work online until the government states otherwise.
KITCHEN CABINET DEMAND TO GROW 4.6% ANNUALLY THROUGH 2023
Demand for kitchen cabinets is projected to rise 4.6% annually to $17.3 billion through 2023, with unit demand totaling $101.8 million, according to a study by The Freedonia Group. Base cabinets will continue to account for the largest share of demand, with demand for tall cabinets expected to rise at the most rapid pace of all cabinet types.
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