My plan shows that I cannot meet the apprentice utilization requirement-what should I do?

The Contractor will certify in the bid and in the CAP Utilization Plan the commitment to attaining the 15% apprentice utilization. The easiest way to prepare to meet the 15% apprentice utilization is to consider subcontractors and plan for this when preparing a bid. When a bid is submitted, there should be an awareness of apprentice utilization on the entire project and subcontractors that can be attained. 

It is the Contractor’s responsibility to act as soon as it becomes evident that meeting the 15% apprentice utilization will be challenging. 

Review the work plan to determine if there are any areas where apprentice utilization can be increased, whether through new employment or subcontractors. 

If that is not an option, submit documents that support efforts to meet the utilization and a completed Request for Modification of CAP Utilization Plan form to the CAP Coordinator requesting approval for an exception or waiver.

If you cannot meet the 15% apprentice utilization or provide evidence that you made an effort to meet the 15%, you are not in compliance with the contract. If you have questions about a particular situation, contact your project manager for guidance as soon as the situation arises.

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1. What is a “Registered Apprenticeship Program,” and how can I find one?
2. What labor hours will be counted?
3. Do I have to have apprentices for every trade?
4. Do non-union contractors have to meet the requirement when there are not as many non-union training programs available?
5. If a training program is in the process of being approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, what is recommended to meet the requirements until the program is approved?
6. What is the CAP?
7. What do some of the terms mean?
8. When is the CAP requirement not applicable?
9. Why do we have a CAP?
10. Why does Whatcom County require 15% apprentice utilization?
11. What is the purpose of the CAP Utilization Plan and what is the County looking for in the plan I submit?
12. My plan shows that I cannot meet the apprentice utilization requirement-what should I do?
13. What does documented evidence for an exception or waiver look like?
14. What situations DO NOT meet the intent of the contract in terms of the request for exception and waiver?
15. How will exceptions and waivers be evaluated?
16. What are the consequences of not meeting the apprentice utilization requirement?
17. Financial Incentives/Penalties