WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended President Trump’s administration after the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that will help expand apprenticeships in the United States through Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

Through these programs, individuals will be able to obtain workplace-relevant training and progressively advance skills that result in an industry-recognized credential, all while getting paid for their work. An IRAP is developed or operated by entities such as trade and industry groups, corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“President Trump recognizes the need for a skilled workforce, and his administration is following through on the promise to expand workforce development efforts. We must ensure American workers have the skills and training to meet growing labor demands. This is especially true in South Louisiana, where industrial growth has created a shortage of skilled workers. Apprenticeships provide high-quality, on-the-job training, and this rule is a win for both job seekers and employers.”

For more information, please visit https://www.apprenticeship.gov/.

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