Congressman Kildee Applauds Passage of Legislation to Support Michigan Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation that would invest in and expand access to registered apprenticeships.
“Apprenticeships open the door to good-paying jobs, by providing people hands-on experience that leads to gainful employment. Through these programs, students can not only avoid costly student loan debt, but actually earn a wage while they work,” said Congressman Kildee. “I am proud to support legislation that will grow Michigan’s economy by creating a highly-skilled workforce.”
The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 would create over one million apprenticeship opportunities over five years by:
- Starting a grant program to support the expansion of registered pre-apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and apprenticeship programs;
- Establishing the Office of Apprenticeship within the Department of Labor, to ensure participation and diversity in apprenticeship programs and review quality standards;
- Requiring State Apprenticeship Agencies to submit plans on how they will promote equal opportunity and meet local workforce needs through apprenticeships; and
- Requiring the Departments of Labor and Education to align youth apprenticeships to high school graduation requirements and simplify the transfer process between apprenticeship programs and institutions of higher education.
Through registered apprenticeships, individuals receive on-the-job training, related instruction and mentorship, while being paid and working toward a nationally recognized credential. According to the Department of Labor, 94 percent of apprentices remain employed when they complete their apprenticeship, with an average starting salary of $70,000.
Previously, Congressman Kildee helped pass The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which would expand access to apprenticeships by allowing individuals to use their education savings plans to pay for costs associated with apprenticeships, such as equipment and tools.