A Change to the Veterans Administration's Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training Programs Should Be Made

HRD-83-12: Published: Oct 19, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1982.

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As part of its oversight of the Veterans Administration's (VA) educational programs, GAO reviewed the VA apprenticeship and on-the-job training (OJT) programs.

GAO found that VA educational assistance often helped fill a significant earnings gap during apprenticeship when wages of veterans being trained for relatively high paying jobs wages were considerably less than the wages veterans would receive when fully trained. However, the wages to be paid to fully trained veterans in OJT programs were frequently relatively low and the wages paid to trainees were often close to the wages they would receive as fully trained workers. GAO stated that, even with periodic reductions in VA assistance, some workers will lose income by completing training programs.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Committee members were not interested in pursuing the recommendation. GAO believes that there is little likelihood of future action because the potential savings decreases each year as the number of veterans eligible for the program declines. Unless the law is changed, most of the program will end in 1989.

    Matter: Congress should limit assistance allowances to veterans in apprenticeship and OJT programs to the differences between the wages veterans earn while in training and their objective wages.


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