In light of Covid-19, USDOL has released guidance concerning delivering related instruction to registered apprentices online rather than in-person in a physical classroom setting.
USDOL is committed to ensuring that apprentices receive related instruction in safe environments. Under the National Apprenticeship Act, “instruction in technical subjects may be accomplished through media such as classroom, occupational or industry courses, electronic media, or other instruction approved by the Registration Agency.” USDOL encourages sponsors to quickly move related instruction online to avoid illness and infection. This does NOT require a modification or change to existing program standards. OA Bulletin 2010-13 provides a list of resources sponsors may find helping in using electronic/online media for related instruction.