|Posted:||December 13, 2016 12:45 PM|
|From:||Senator Mike Folmer|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Reintroduction of Pennsylvania Registered Apprenticeship Program|
|I will be reintroducing legislation to update the registered apprenticeship program in Pennsylvania. This legislation was previously Senate Bill 280, co-sponsored by: Aument, Hughes, Vulakovich, White, Boscola, and Browne.
With the passage of the Fitzgerald Act of 1937, the federal government established “a registered apprenticeship” program. Registered Apprenticeship is a national system of paid on-the-job training, related instruction and industry specific certification. Upon successful completion of a Registered Apprenticeship, the apprentice is issued a nationally recognized; nationally portable; post secondary credential.
In 1961, Pennsylvania passed its own Registered Apprenticeship Law mirroring the Fitzgerald Act of 1937. Passage of a state apprenticeship law gave Pennsylvania authority over registration and oversight of state apprenticeship programs. State apprenticeship programs are dually registered and recognized both statewide and nationally.
According to a federal narrative: “In the 30 years since the Department promulgated the existing standards at 29 CFR part 29 that provide for the registration of apprenticeship programs, technological advances, demographic changes, and globalization have significantly altered the context in which apprenticeship programs operate. The revision of part 29 will enable the National Apprenticeship System to keep pace with changes in the economy and corresponding workforce challenges, continue apprenticeship’s vital role in developing a skilled, competitive workforce, and further promote registered apprenticeship as an important talent development strategy offered through the public workforce investment system.”
Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship System has historically been underutilized. Passage of this legislation will establish and enable the promotion of Registered Apprenticeship as a viable and vital component of the State’s workforce development; workforce education; and workforce investment system.
Benefits include but are not limited to:
Introduced as SB155