Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Rodney Davis (R-3)
Davis Votes to Expand Apprenticeship Programs
H.R. 8294, the bipartisan National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, would create nearly 1 million additional apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted in support of H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which seeks to create nearly 1 million additional apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years.
“Registered Apprenticeships are a successful, proven federal workforce training program that creates new, good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Davis. “That is why I proudly voted in support of the National Apprenticeship Act. This bipartisan legislation will create nearly 1 million new apprenticeships over the coming years and will offer out-of-work Americans new job opportunities in this struggling economy. We should be doing everything we can to get our economy going again, and that starts by building on what works and enacting job-creating policies.”
“We applaud and thank Congressman Davis for his support in strengthening our nation’s vital network of apprenticeship programs,” said Sean Stott, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Midwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union. “His support for the National Apprenticeship Act is another example of Rep. Davis’s continued commitment to creating not only good-paying jobs, but good-paying construction careers.”
With tens of millions of jobless workers relying on unemployment benefits each week, our nation is in dire need of new investments to help people get back to work. Millions of Americans have received unemployment benefits during this pandemic. Recent research estimates that more than 7 million of the jobs losses during this pandemic will be permanent.
Registered Apprenticeships (RAs) – which provide workers with paid, on-the-job training – are the nation’s most successful federal workforce training program. Expanding access to apprenticeship opportunities will connect workers with stable, good-paying jobs and accelerate our economic recovery. According to the Department of Labor, 94 percent of people who complete RAs are employed upon completion, earning an average starting wage of more than $70,000 annually. Investments in apprenticeships not only pay off for workers and employers, they also benefit taxpayers.
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 would yield $10.6 billion in net benefits to U.S. taxpayers in the form of increased tax revenue and decreased spending on public-assistance programs and unemployment insurance. The legislation would invest more than $3.5 billion to create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years.
The proposal expands apprenticeship opportunities by:
- Establishing a $400 million grant program to support the expansion of apprenticeship opportunities, including pre-apprenticeships and youth apprenticeships, which will increase $100 million annually to reach $800 million by 2025.
- Codifying and streamlining standards for Registered Apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs to make it easier for both apprentices and employers to participate in high-quality apprenticeships.
- Codifying the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and directing the office to convene industry leaders, labor organizations, educators, and others to expand apprenticeships into new occupations and sectors.