National Save Apprenticeship Week

Save Registered Apprenticeship

NABTU is dedicated to the stability of employment and economic security of organized construction workers in North America. The private investments made by our unions and our signatory contractors have created the most renowned apprenticeship training and education infrastructure found anywhere in the world.

NABTU also works in close partnership with a wide array of industries to seek and secure a wide array of public policy challenges that lead to greater economic development across America. This includes protecting the federal Registered Apprenticeship model that provides a guaranteed pathway to the middle class through a supervised, structured path with a combination of rigorous on-the-job training and classroom curriculum  for hundreds of thousands of workers with family-sustaining wages and benefits packages. Not only does the Registered Apprenticeship model ensure workers develop skills in a well-structured, regulated format, with transparency requirements, uniform standards and mandatory safety training, it helps recruit and retain workers through progressive wages increases, apprentice-to-journeyworker ratios, regulated quality assessments, uniform standards, instructor eligibility prerequisites, and transparency requirements.

In fact, through the Registered Apprenticeship federal program, union construction’s unparalleled apprenticeship training and education model has increased safety, skill and productivity in the construction industry for over 80 years.  The important protections of the registered model safeguard the quality of construction, the highest level of training, and the safety and security of the most skilled, competent and competitive workforce we’ll need to build the next generation of infrastructure in communities across America. Its integrity must be preserved. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek



Today, Building Trades programs in the Registered Apprenticeship system train more men and women than anyone other than the U.S. military. This National Apprenticeship Week, NABTU reminds Congress and the Administration of the safest, most skilled and productive construction workforce that built our economy through Registered Apprenticeship, ensuring individuals from all walks of life the mastery of a craft with quality, debt-free education and a ticket to the middle class. Hundreds of thousands of workers and businesses have made it clear: IRAP's have no place in construction. The new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) proposal will drive down safety, training and wage standards for workers, put communities at risk, and set off a race to the bottom. To safeguard communities and protect the safety, security, and future of the construction workforce, Registered Apprenticeship must be preserved, and IRAP's must be kept out of construction. #SaveApprenticeshipWeek

Construction Registered Apprenticeship is the Gold Standard Training in the Industry

NABTU collaborates in partnership with businesses and whole industries in order to foster increased economic growth for our nation, and job and career opportunities for the American worker. NABTU and its signatory contractors invest over $1.6 billion annually in the highest quality training network of over 20,000 instructors in 1,600 training centers nationwide. This gold standard training through the Registered system produces the safest, best-trained, highest-quality workforce in the world to ensure the safety and integrity of America’s industry infrastructure. NABTU and our industry partners oppose any regulatory changes that could weaken the registered apprenticeship system in construction, and we oppose the implementation and certification of unproven and untested programs with lowered training and safety standards.

NABTU possesses and maintains a culture and a set of fundamental values that bind all of us collectively as the world’s finest skilled craft professionals. And that culture also connects with a fierce advocacy for community wage and benefit standards that properly reward such work…all of which helps to build stronger communities, more productive industries, and a healthier and more prosperous nation

Sean McGarvey
NABTU President