Developing new occupational standards as a Standards Recognition Entity
BALTIMORE, MD, November 13, 2020: Franklin Apprenticeships, a Maryland-based national apprenticeship delivery expert organization, this week marked National Apprenticeship Week with the development of new occupational standards to provide solid foundations for high-quality Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). Recently named a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Franklin is driving to increase the number and breadth of apprenticeships available to industry, with the related career openings for individuals through the development of IRAPs.
“Recognition as an SRE allows the Franklin Apprenticeships delivery team to build on our own track record of Registered Apprenticeships, acting now as the sponsor to create a range of high quality IRAPs in support of our industry partners,” said Andy Smyth, Franklin’s Vice President of Apprenticeship Services. “National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize this progress, and to highlight the transformative power of modern apprenticeship programs for apprentices and employers alike.”
The first IRAPs being prepared for approval by the Franklin SRE are IT Help Desk Technician, Team Leader and Operations Manager. IT Help Desk Technician training will benefit all companies, while Team Leader and Operations Manager will support individuals moving into supervisory roles or taking on more formal management responsibility.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia commented, “As workers seek to re-enter the workforce following the economic disruption caused by coronavirus, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs and the SREs that recognize them will provide new opportunities for Americans to earn a living while learning the skills needed in a changing job market.”
Smyth added, “Apprenticeship programs bring new and underserved segments of the population into the workforce and provide career development opportunities to existing employees.”
With the mission of Changing the American Workforce, Franklin Apprenticeships is an industry leader in the movement towards using the power of modern apprenticeships to solve the workforce talent gap and the educational debt crisis facing the U.S. today.
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