The nation's historic apprenticeship system has been a valuable asset to the construction industry. It has produced broadly-trained, highly-skilled journeymen and many of the industry's supervisors. It is not, however, sufficiently flexible to accommodate the highly volatile manpower demands and training needs of local construction markets. The Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and State Aprenticeship Councils' policy of approving only traditional apprenticeship programs is outdated and not in keeping with the needs of the industry. It favors inefficient training, inhibits training innovations, and restricts training in the open shop sector. Davis-Bacon requirements are used to enforce this policy on federally-supported construction projects. Most construction workers need initial proficiency in only a few marketable skills. Additional training can be dependent on individual ability, motivation, and the market demand for new or different skills, or for more broadly-trained workers. It is incumbant on the construction industry to develop and support training systems which will provide an adequate supply of qualified workers in the most expeditious and economical manner. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Project Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Business Roundtable

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    New York, NY  United States  10166
  • Publication Date: 1982-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report D-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM