WATCH: Levin Bill to Strengthen On-The-Job Training Passes House with Bipartisan Support

November 20, 2020
Press Release
The National Apprenticeship Act included Levin’s STANDARDS Act with historic investments in workforce training as the nation continues to face record-level unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, today voted for H.R. 8294 to reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act (NAA). The NAA contains Rep. Levin’s Strengthening Training and Accessibility for New and Diverse Apprenticeships through Relevant and Dependable Standards (STANDARDS) Act, which outlines and streamlines standards for apprenticeships, one of the United States’ longest and most successful workforce development programs.

Rep. Levin also offered an amendment to the bill to ensure organizations that speak for workers and apprentices are at the table when federal funds are used for creating new programs or expanding existing programs. Opposition to Rep. Levin’s amendment sought to paint this as a slush fund for unions, but Rep. Levin successfully defended the importance of collaborating with unions in apprenticeships and the opportunities for industry and sector partnerships as well. After a recorded vote was called, the amendment passed by a vote of 236-152 and the final bill passed by a vote of 246-xxx.

“I was so pleased to see bipartisan support for my amendment and the National Apprenticeship Act,” said Rep. Levin. “I’m really hopeful about the possibilities this creates for future opportunities to work across the aisle on job training in the 117th Congress.”

Watch Rep. Levin’s remarks on the amendment here:

 

Rep Levin Apprenticeship floor speech

The Registered Apprenticeship (RAs) system is America’s most successful federally authorized workforce development program. According to the Department of Labor, 94 percent of people who complete RAs are employed upon completion, earning an average starting wage of above $70,000 annually.

During a time of record unemployment, H.R. 8294:

  • Invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to Registered Apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, including encouraging employer participation and recruitment for individuals with barriers to employment such as individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Creates nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities on top of the current expected growth of the apprenticeship system.
  • Yields $10.6 billion in net benefits to U.S. taxpayers in the form of increased workers productivity and decreased spending on public-assistance programs and unemployment insurance.

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