What is the DC Apprenticeship Council?
The DC Apprenticeship Council was established by Public Law 387 in the 79th Congress on May 21, 1946. It is one of the 27 State Apprenticeship Councils. It is a regulatory board comprised of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the DC City Council.
The Apprenticeship Council membership includes three (3) representatives from employer organizations, three (3) representatives from employee organizations, three (3) public representatives, who are not members of either employee or employer organizations and two (2) representatives of government, who shall be the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Superintendent of Schools or their respective delegates.
The DC Office of Apprenticeship, Information and Training staff is the secretariat to the DC Apprenticeship Council. Some of the functions the Apprenticeship Office performs are as follow:
- Acts as first level of apprentice complaints.
- Provides technical assistance to employers and unions in developing appropriate apprenticeship standards.
- Conducts compliance reviews of apprenticeship programs to ensure adherence of affirmative action during employment and training of apprenticeships.
- Investigates complaints from apprentices and provides assistance in reaching a resolution.
- Conducts workforce site analysis of employers applying for apprenticeship registration.
- Promotes the apprenticeship system to new industries.