NPCA this week cosigned a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships to express concerns about proposed recommendations to the group’s Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

The letter – signed by 11 associations – argues that the changes will discourage construction companies from hiring apprentices, who will be crucial to the construction of American infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing funded by recent government investments. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act provides a maximum 30 percent tax credit to private developers who show at least 15 percent of all labor hours are performed by RAP apprentices.

Read the full letter.