Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support National Apprenticeship Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted to support the National Apprenticeship Act Reauthorization, a bipartisan bill providing nearly one million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years—with a $10.6 billion net benefit to American taxpayers. Additionally, the bill includes provisions from Congressman Ryan’s Working on Rewarding and Keeping Employees Resilient (WORKER) Act, a bill he introduced in February 2019 that focuses on workforce development and supporting the American worker by addressing jobs, wage stagnation, and continued layoffs as a result of outsourcing and automation.
Included in the current bill from Congressman Ryan’s WORKER Act is a provision that the Office of Apprenticeships would operate within the Department of Labor, promoting diversity in the apprenticeship programs and ensuring equal opportunity for women, people of color, and individuals with barriers to employment. The bill also requires better cooperation with the Department of Education by creating a network of higher education institutions that will encourage collaboration while providing students with academic credit after completing a registered apprenticeship program. Importantly, it also aligns youth apprenticeship programs and high school graduation requirements.
“I have always believed that apprenticeship programs can be among the most effective ways to train qualified workers as we move into the future of manufacturing. As northeastern Ohio transforms into Voltage Valley and becomes a leader in the production of electric vehicles, apprenticeships can be a highly effective way to connect workers with stable, good paying jobs,” said Congressman Ryan.
When Congressman Ryan introduced the WORKER Act last year, he said, “For being the wealthiest nation on earth, too many Americans are struggling with the realities of everyday life—paying their bills, caring for their family, putting food on the table, and keeping a roof over their head. The future of our economy, and of the American Dream, rests on our ability to alleviate this struggle by innovating and creating new, good-paying jobs where they are needed most.”
The Department of Labor estimates that 94% of people who complete registered apprenticeships are employed upon completion and earn a starting wage of over $70,000 annually. Investments in apprenticeships not only pay off for workers and employers, they also benefit taxpayers. The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 would yield $10.6 billion in net benefits to U.S. taxpayers in the form of increased tax revenue and decreased spending on public-assistance programs and unemployment insurance.