Levin Introduces Legislation to Improve Quality of Apprenticeships
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, introduced legislation to codify and streamline standards for registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs. The ‘Strengthening Training and Accessibility for New and Diverse Apprenticeships through Relevant and Dependable Standards Act, or the STANDARDS Act, safeguards and expands the rights of workers who partake in apprenticeships, one of the United States’ longest and most successful workforce development programs.
“Apprenticeships provide students and workers an incredible opportunity actually to get paid while they pursue their education and gain on-the-job experience,” said Rep. Levin. “That experience leads to unbeatable results: 91 percent of apprentices find employment after finishing their programs. At the same time, employers benefit tremendously from taking on apprentices, as every dollar spent on an apprentice yields $1.47 for a firm. By standardizing apprenticeships and safeguarding workers’ rights, the STANDARDS Act ensures that apprenticeships continue to offer Americans reliable opportunities for good-paying jobs.”
The STANDARDS Act is also included in the National Apprenticeship Act reauthorization, which invests more than $3.5 billion over five years in expanding opportunities and access to registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) joined Rep. Levin as an original cosponsor of the STANDARDS Act.