Why does Snohomish County require 15% apprentice utilization?
In 2006 the County Council adopted a law for public works contractors to perform 15% of total labor hours with apprentices enrolled in State-Approved apprenticeship programs on all projects estimated to cost $1 million or more. In 2010, the threshold was changed to an estimated cost of $250,000 or more. The intent of the apprentice utilization is to ensure there are always qualified workers to construct quality projects in the County and Washington State.

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1. Why does Snohomish County require 15% apprentice utilization?
2. What labor hours are to be counted?
3. What is a State-Approved Apprenticeship Program and how can I find one?
4. What is the purpose of the Apprentice Utilization Plan and what is the County looking for in the plan I turn in?
5. My plan shows that I can’t meet the apprentice utilization requirement-what should I do?
6. What does a documented Good Faith Effort look like?
7. What situations meet the intent of the contract in terms of the Good Faith Effort?
8. What situations DO NOT meet the intent of the contract in terms of the Good Faith Effort?
9. How will the Good Faith Effort be evaluated?
10. What are the consequences of not meeting the apprentice utilization requirement?
11. Apprenticeship Resources