One of the initiatives that NPGA had undertaken as part of its workforce development efforts was to apply to the Department of Labor (DOL) for approval of a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Because workforce development and outreach initiatives cut across the roles of both NPGA and PERC, we have worked closely with PERC, who supported NPGA’s application process.
NPGA applied for apprenticeship registration for two specific job classifications that include driver and propane service technician. Within the driver classification, there will be up to three different programs, one for bobtail driver, one for the transport driver, and one for utility/service truck driver.
We are pleased to report that the DOL has now approved the applications for both job classifications with NPGA having just recently received approval for the propane service technician program. The process for approval took much longer than expected on the part of the Labor Department due to the agency trying to determine how to classify the propane service technician position correctly.
After receiving final approval for both job classifications, NPGA and PERC are working together to develop materials with DOL requirements and inform the industry on how to participate in the apprenticeship program. We anticipate DOL requirement materials to be available in the second quarter of the year, in time for the Nashville-based EXPO.
NPGA will serve as the administrator of these apprenticeship programs, and we will keep you updated on additional details as they become available.