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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 13, 2020 03:14 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Apprenticeship Training Programs - Tax Credit
 
I will be introducing legislation that will provide tax credits for employers that choose to participate in qualified apprenticeship training programs in Pennsylvania. Apprenticeship programs are essential to training and developing specialized skills in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, transportation, business, and communications.

In addition to the educational aspect and economic opportunities apprenticeships can provide, there is a mutual benefit for both apprentices, their mentors, and the organizations involved. Programs include job training hours as well as in class preparation to ensure apprentices become certified for these positions.
In Pennsylvania’s economy there are visible gaps included in the job market. The looming problem is that there are open positions across the Commonwealth that need to be filled, however there is not a skilled labor force to employ. Lack of education, inadequacy in skills, ability, and accessibility are identifiable reasons for these gaps. Apprenticeships can help participants obtain the critical skills they need to be part of the job market. By encouraging apprenticeship training programs, we can ensure that there are well trained and skilled workers prepared for the available jobs.

It is estimated that the skilled laborers make up more than half of the jobs in the labor force. It is my hope that this tax credit program can incentivize employers to offer apprenticeship training programs and better cultivate the skills of their workers.

This legislative initiative is an important advancement for individuals participating in an apprenticeship program to receive a tax credit for their efforts. Please join me in supporting this tax credit incentive to help our workforce learn the skills they need to be gainfully employed and contributing to Pennsylvania’s economy.