Registered Apprenticeship is a powerful tool for growing the economy and the workforce. It helps workers and employers by providing skills-driven training tailored to the needs of the nation’s businesses. The Administration is working to double and diversify the number of apprentices in the United States in order to ensure that more Americans from all backgrounds can benefit from this proven training model. As part of this effort, the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, announced a final rule that updates and simplifies the guidelines governing how employers and other apprenticeship sponsors ensure equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs for traditionally under-represented groups, including women, minorities, and people with disabilities.

You can view this final rule on the Office of Federal Register’s public inspection Web site at The full text of the final rule and other information are on the Office of Apprenticeship’s Web site at