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National Industry Association Develops Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program for Water and Wastewater Operations Specialists
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DateAugust 2018
Workforce UseApprenticeship
IndustryWater and Wastewater
DescriptionHow can the skilled worker needs of the water industry be met when it is anticipated that a substantial portion of the existing workforce will retire over the next decade?  To address this concern, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) has established the WaterPro Apprenticeship program to train the next generation of skilled workers and standardize training across the nation for water and wastewater operations specialists.  To implement this initiative, the NRWA developed the National Standards of Apprenticeship for Water and Wastewater Systems Operation Specialists which were approved by the Department of Labor in July 2017.  After working with their state apprenticeship agencies to customize these guidelines to meet their area needs, 15 states have approved apprenticeships programs for these occupations and ten more are in progress.  To rest the full case summary, click here: (Case Summary PDF, 808 Kb)