The City of Vancouver recognizes that a well-trained construction work force is critical to the ability of constructing successful public works projects. Apprenticeship training programs are particularly effective in providing training and experience to individuals seeking to enter or advance in the work force. By providing for apprenticeship utilization on public works projects, the City can create opportunities for training and experience that will help assure that a trained work force will be available in sufficient numbers in the future for the construction of public works projects.
From September 15, 2004, and thereafter for all public works construction projects estimated to cost $500,000 dollars or more, all specifications will encourage Contractors to use up to fifteen percent of their labor hours to be performed by apprentices enrolled in an approved apprenticeship training program. The minimum utilization requirement will be determined by the City on a per project basis. The City will encourage Contractors to reach the maximum goal by offering $3.00/labor hour actually performed by apprentices up to the maximum goal. These goals shall include the labor hours of the prime and any subcontractor's working the project. Training programs shall be certified by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), and/or the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Apprenticeship Training (BAT).
The City may adjust the goal if it finds that there is a demonstrated lack of ability to obtain apprentices in specific geographic areas or fields; or, a disproportionately high ratio of material costs to labor hours, which does not make feasible the required minimum levels of apprentice participation.
The City is committed to expending public funds in a manner that benefits the entire community and has an obligation to ensure that City-funded projects offer equal opportunity in employment. The Contractor shall make every effort to enroll minority groups and women trainees in their apprenticeship program. This training provision is not intended and shall not be used to discriminate against any applicant for training.
The City of Vancouver will include an Apprenticeship Utilization Form for the Prime Contractor to complete when submitting their bid documents which identifies the intended usage of apprentices. Before final payment, the Prime Contractor will be required to file an Apprenticeship Verification Form with the City that will identify actual work performed by apprentices. If the Contractor does not meet the minimum established utilization requirement, they will receive a penalty of $1.00 for each unmet labor hour.
For more information on apprenticeship programs, you can visit the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries website.