Nevada State Apprenticeship Council returns to labor commissioner’s office

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Effective July 1, the Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner (OLC) resumed jurisdiction over the Nevada State Apprenticeship Council (NSAC), based on the adoption this spring of Assembly Bill 459.

According to an Aug. 10 press release, the OLC had oversight of the NSAC prior to 2017.

The NSAC is designated as the State Apprenticeship Agency and works with the U.S. Department of Labor in that capacity. With the adoption of AB459, only the NSAC can register and approve state apprentices and state apprenticeship programs on behalf of the state of Nevada.

“Sometimes referred to as the ‘original four-year degree,’ registered apprenticeships offer career opportunities through regulated and structured training and on-the-job work learning programs,” according to the release.

The NSAC is composed of 11 members: seven voting members appointed by the governor upon recommendation of the Labor Commissioner and four non-voting members. The NSAC meets quarterly.

Currently, there are more than 80 registered apprenticeship programs and more than 5,000 registered apprentices in Nevada, according to the state.

“The OLC and NSAC will work to expand apprenticeships in Nevada through quality programs that offer wage and salary progression and a career pathway in various trades and occupations,” according to the release.

The OLC will conduct training seminars on registered apprenticeships sometime in September.

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