Meeting the IRA’s Labor Provisions: Deep Dive into Registered Apprenticeships and Prevailing Wage (Additional Ticket Required)
Thursday, September 14, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Location: Titian 2305, Level 2, The Venetian
Presented by: Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Price: $225 SEIA/SEPA Members $300 Non-members
The solar and clean energy industries are seeing a surge in demand for expertise on how to implement and comply with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s labor provisions. In order to receive full value of the 30% tax credit for solar and clean energy projects above 1 MW in size, projects must meet the IRA’s prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship program requirements. This workshop is designed to equip HR managers, training & development managers, apprenticeship managers, payroll managers, and others involved in their companies’ workforce development initiatives with the practical knowledge and tools their companies need to implement prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship programs.
8:00 – 8:10 am – Welcome Speaker: Erika Symmonds, VP of Equity & Workforce Development, SEIA
8:10 – 8:35 am – Overview of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Labor Requirements Speakers: Jeremy Woodrum, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs, SEIA Ryan Servais, Director & Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, SEIA Becky Long, Sr. Program Manager, Workforce Development & Inclusion, SEIA
8:35 – 9:20 am – Deep Dive on Prevailing Wage Compliance Speakers: Frances Manto, Compliance & Development Manager, Alliant Consulting Cristina Aguirre, Labor Compliance Analyst/Lead Trainer, Alliant Consulting Topics: Prevailing Wage Labor Classifications and Craft Matching Process Keeping Adequate Record for IRA Compliance
9:20 – 9:30 - BREAK
9:30 – 10:30 am – Deep Dive on Registered Apprenticeship Implementation & Compliance Speakers: Richard Lawrence, Program Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Frances Manto, Compliance & Development Manager, Alliant Consulting Cristina Aguirre, Labor Compliance Analyst/Lead Trainer, Alliant Consulting Topics: Registered Apprenticeship Program models Trends in registered apprenticeship in clean energy Good Faith Exception Apprentice to journeyworker ratios What is a qualified apprentice hour under IRA? What records and information related to apprenticeship programs and apprentices do companies need to retain for IRA compliance?
10:55 – 11:40 am - Registered Apprenticeship Implementation Best Practices Panel Discussion
Speakers: Moderator: Cynthia Finley, VP of Workforce Strategy & Innovation, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Tiffany McMillian, Construction Staff & Craft Training Manager, Black & Veatch Eric Grant, Senior Director of Learning and Development, Blue Ridge Power Nicholas Morgan, President, Adaptive Construction Solutions Discussion Topics: Developing registered apprenticeship program on-the-job learning and related instruction outlines State approval processes and managing programs in different states Subcontractor challenges Improving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Developing high-quality Registered Apprenticeship Programs
11:50 – 12:00 - Connecting the Dots & Closing Speakers: Becky Long, Sr. Program Manager, Workforce Development & Inclusion Richard Lawrence, Program Director, IREC Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)