IFA Commends Department of Labor on Apprenticeship Expansion
WASHINGTON, June 24—The International Franchise Association, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide, praised the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Administration for its ongoing efforts to demonstrate the importance of apprenticeship programs for the American workforce.
The DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish a process for the department to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.
“America’s 733,000 franchise businesses build skills and develop careers across our country. IFA welcomes the Administration’s actions to promote apprenticeships and looks forward to working together to help train American workers across industries for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said IFA’s SVP of Government Relations & Public Policy Matt Haller.
The Department further announced awards totaling $183.8 million to support the development and expansion of apprenticeships for educational institutions partnering with companies that provide a funding match component. The Department will also make available an additional $100 million for efforts to expand apprenticeships and close the skills gap.
IFA looks forward to working with DOL and the Administration to address a shortage of skilled workers and allow franchise businesses to realize the full benefits of these necessary programs.
About the International Franchise Association
Celebrating 58 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.