The US Department of Labor is pleased to announce the members for the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The Press Release, including the list of Task Force members, can be found here. Information on upcoming Task Force meetings and how you can participate will be posted on this website.
A note to all applicants. The Department of Labor would like to thank everyone who applied to serve on the Task Force. We received approximately 500 applications, and pursuant to the Executive Order, we embarked on a highly competitive process from which 20 members were selected. These members represent perspectives that include trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, educational institutions, and state and local governments. At this time, the Department is no longer taking applications.
The Task Force is charged with the mission of identifying strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. Upon completion of this assignment, the Task Force shall submit to the President of the United States a final report which details these strategies and proposals. Pursuant to the Executive Order, the report must specifically address the following four topics:
The Task Force will be solely advisory in nature, and will consider testimony, reports, comments, research, evidence, and existing practices as appropriate to develop recommendations for inclusion in its final report to the President. While the Executive Order did not set forth a definite time frame by which the panel must complete its development of apprenticeship-related strategies and proposals and submit its final report to the President, it is important to note that the Task Force will not be continuing in nature. Pursuant to the Executive Order, the Task Force shall terminate 30 days after it submits its final report to the President.
Under the Executive Order, the Secretary of Labor shall serve as the Chair of the Task Force. The Secretaries of Education and Commerce shall serve as Vice-Chairs of the Task Force. The Secretary of Labor shall appoint the other members of the Task Force, which shall consist of no more than twenty (20) individuals who work for or represent the perspectives of American companies, trade or industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions, and such other persons as the Secretary of Labor may from time to time designate. These members shall include distinguished citizens from outside of the Federal Government with relevant experience or subject-matter expertise concerning the development of a skilled workforce through quality apprenticeship programs. Pursuant to the Executive Order, a member of the Task Force may designate a senior member of his or her organization to attend any Task Force meeting.
Members of the Task Force shall serve without additional compensation for their work on the Task Force, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701 – 5707), consistent with the availability of funds. Each member of the Task Force shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Labor for a term specified in the Task Force’s charter (not to exceed 30 days after the delivery of the panel’s final report to the President). The Secretary of Labor may also appoint members to fill any Task Force vacancies that may emerge while the panel is in existence.
Pursuant to the Executive Order and the Task Force Charter, the final report must specifically address the following four topics: (1) Federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships; (2) administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs; (3) the most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships; and (4) the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships. In order to accomplish this goal, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta established the following four subcommittees.
Interested parties can obtain more detailed subcommittee descriptions here (PDF).
The next Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion meeting will take place on March 15, 2018 from 1pm-3pm ET at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20210. In order to promote openness, and increase public participation, in person or web based viewing accommodations will be made available for members of the public to observe the meeting proceedings. Additional information on the public viewing accommodations will be provided soon.
Interested members of the public must register for access to the public viewing of the Task Force meeting by Thursday, March 12, 2018, via the following link: https://www.apprenticeshiptaskforce.com/reg/. Additionally, individuals with special needs and/or disabilities that will require special accommodations should send an e-mail to Apprenticeshiptaskforce@dol.gov with the subject line “Special Accommodations for the March 2018 Task Force Meeting” no later than Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
The first meeting of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion was held on November 13, 2017, at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.