Monday, 23 November 2020 23:44

U.S. House of Representatives Passes National Apprenticeship Act of 2020


The U.S. House of Representatives voted Nov. 23, prior to leaving Washington, D.C., for the Thanksgiving break, to pass H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020.

The vote, 246-140, was along party lines, with House Democrats voting in favor and House Republicans voting against. Twenty Republican members crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the legislation.


This bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) in an effort to expand the National Apprenticeship system to include apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, as well as set national labor and welfare standards for apprenticeship programs.


Additionally, if passed, the National Apprenticeship Act would codify the structure of the Office of Apprenticeship and the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and authorize dedicated funds for DOL to award apprenticeship grants.


The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 invests nearly $3.5 billion over five years to expand the scale of apprenticeship opportunities, promote apprenticeships in new, in-demand industries and streamline the process of access to apprenticeship opportunities for employees and employers. This legislation is projected to create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years. 


Apprenticeship programs have long been a central tenet to the American workforce, and opportunities for students to participate in post-secondary education that is not a traditional four-year university is of great value.


According to the DOL, 94% of apprentices who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program are employed upon completion. However, only a small number...

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