The PRH design has been changed from a traditional, linear PRH that reflected the path of a student moving through phases of the Job Corps program to a modernized, functionally organized PRH. Linear chapters and sections have been replaced with modernized, functionally driven chapters and sections. This modernization by Job Corps also consolidated requirements, consolidated and deleted information that is duplicative, and largely deleted requirements and general information considered discretionary matters for contractors.
The new PRH emphasizes functional areas; reduces the size of the PRH by nearly 500 pages; provides PRH maps on the homepage that illustrate where each requirement is relocated; and focuses on establishing policy that identify obligations without being overly prescriptive about how those responsible will execute their obligations, except when specific direction is required to comply with the law, protect the integrity of data and resources, and ensure safety and health of students and staff. As such, Job Corps, contractors and other stakeholders should find that the PRH is clearer and easier to use.
The PRH was developed to provide all mandatory program operation and reporting requirements for contractors operating Job Corps centers and providing enrollment and placement services. The PRH is drafted to be consistent with Federal law and regulation. In the event of any ambiguity, the PRH should be interpreted to conform to the requirements of Federal law and regulation. If any provision of the PRH is found to be in direct and irreconcilable conflict with a Federal statute, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a Federal regulation, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Department of Labor Acquisition Regulation (DOLAR), or a provision in a Department of Labor solicitation or contract, any such statute, regulation or Solicitation/Contract provision shall control (in that order) and shall take precedence over the conflicting provision in the PRH.