My plan shows that I can’t meet the apprentice utilization requirement-what should I do?

You will certify in your Apprentice Utilization Plan your commitment to attaining the 15% apprentice utilization. Keep the 15% in mind as you put your bid and subcontractor team together. The easiest way to avoid problems with the 15% apprentice utilization is to plan for it early in the process. At the time you submit a bid, you should have a very good idea of the level of apprentice participation you and all subs can attain. It is the Contractor’s responsibility to take action as soon as it becomes evident that meeting the 15% apprentice utilization will be a challenge.


First, review your work plan to determine if there are any areas where you or your subs have the ability to increase the utilization of apprentices or other areas in which apprentices can be employed. If there are not, you will need to collect documentation demonstrating that you made a good faith effort to meet the requirement. If you cannot meet the 15% apprentice utilization or demonstrate that you made a good faith effort to meet the 15% you are not in compliance with the contract.


SCC 3.05.070 states: “Failure by a contractor to comply with established apprenticeship requirements, unless otherwise waived or excused in writing by the executive pursuant to SCC 3.05.040, shall be deemed a breach of contract for which the county shall be entitled to all remedies allowed by law and under the contract. Failure to comply with the apprenticeship requirements may also be considered evidence bearing on a contractor’s qualification for award of future contracts with the county.”


If you have questions about a particular situation you encounter, contact your Project Manager for guidance as soon as the situation arises.

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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