House Committee Passes Rep. Susan Davis’s Legislation to Expand Apprenticeships, Invest in Workforce Training
The House Education and Labor Committee passed Congresswoman Susan Davis’s (CA-53) legislation to reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act that would create nearly one million new Registered Apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship positions over the next five years. The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, invests nearly $3.5 billion over five years to scale-up apprenticeship opportunities, streamline access to apprenticeships for workers and employers, and expand apprenticeships into new in-demand industry sectors and occupations.
“At a time when so many workers have been forced to look for new pathways to financial stability, we have a responsibility as members of Congress to do everything we can to expand employment opportunities that provide meaningful work and family-supporting wages,” said Rep. Davis, Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee. “The legislation approved by the committee today will do just that. We know the Registered Apprenticeship system is very successful, but it is just not reaching enough people looking for high-quality career pathways. By streamlining standards, accountability, and coordinating programs with high school and higher education institutions along with a greater investment to increase access, it will benefit more workers, the taxpayers, and our economy.”
According to the Department of Labor, 94 percent of apprentices who complete Registered Apprenticeships are employed upon completion, earning an average starting wage of above $70,000 annually. Yet, according to the most recent data, only 0.3 percent of the overall workforce in America have completed an apprenticeship.
The proposal’s historic investments in workforce training would not only benefit workers and their families, but would save American taxpayers an estimated $10.6 billion in the form of increased tax revenues from higher worker pay and productivity and decreased spending on public-assistance programs and unemployment insurance.
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020: