Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela announced the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, a bill to reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act for the first time since its enactment in 1937.
“As America faces the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, I am proud to vote for a bold investment that will help people get back to work,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “This piece of legislation would invest more than $3.5 billion over five years to create nearly 1 million additional apprenticeship opportunities. As we continue to battle the challenges of this unprecedented pandemic, I am committed to supporting measures that bring opportunities to my constituents and Americans across the nation.”
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 would:
- Authorize $400 million for fiscal year (FY) 2021, increasing by $100 million annually to $800 million for FY 2025.
- Codify and streamline standards for registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeship and pre- apprenticeship programs, including requirements for apprenticeship agreements and program registration to ensure consistency in quality standards and worker protections.
- Codify existing regulations and practices to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity to participate in programs under the national apprenticeship system, and to increase diversity in the occupations offered and the individuals participating in programs, especially in high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand industry sectors and occupations.
- Strengthen the connections between the Department of Education and Department of Labor through an interagency agreement to support the creation and expansion of youth apprenticeships, college consortiums, and data sharing agreements.
For the bill text on the National Apprenticeship Act, click here.
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