Rep. Lawrence Votes in Support of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, legislation that invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to registered apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship programs.
“With tens of millions of Americans on unemployment benefits each week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is in dire need of a bold, transformative investment that will strengthen our economy and create more opportunities for workers to acquire skills that will lead to better paying jobs,” said Rep. Lawrence. “That is why I am proud to support the National Apprenticeship Act, legislation that invests in our workforce and economy by creating over one million new apprenticeship opportunities. With over 370,000 Michiganders filing for unemployment in recent weeks, this legislation recognizes the moment we are in and provides new opportunities for workers to gain new skills and advance in their respective careers.”
Background on the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020
- Authorizes $400 million for fiscal year (FY) 2021 and increases by $100 million each fiscal year until reaching $800 million in FY 2025;
- Codifies and streamlines 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;
- Codifies 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; and
- Strengthens 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.