National Apprenticeship Act

The National Apprenticeship Act (also known as the Fitzgerald Act ), is a federal law in the United States which regulates apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs.

Apprentice programs in the US were largely unregulated until 1934. After the passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), industry, trade unions and the National Recovery Administration cooperated to fashion various “industry codes” to govern competition, wages, working conditions and quality Of products and services. One aspect of the general construction industry was a set of rules regulating apprenticeship programs in the construction industry.

The NIRA was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in May 1935.

To continue the work for the building industry code authority in regard to apprenticeship programs, United States Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins Established the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship . Perkins, the federal government, and the federal government.

In 1937, the Congress passed the National Apprenticeship Act (29 USC 50), also known as the Fitzgerald Act. The Act Established a National Advisory Committee on Minimum Standards for Apprenticeship Programs. The United States Department of Labor has established a number of regulations to protect the health and safety of persons with disabilities.

The Fitzgerald Act is administered by the Employment and Training Administration in the Department of Labor. The standards governing the apprenticeship programs are located in the United States of America. The provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations apply to Title 29, CFR Part 30.


  • “Apprenticeship history.” Michigan Carpenter & Millwright Apprenticeship Program. No date.

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