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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.