U.S. House Passes Spanberger Bill to Strengthen Apprenticeship Opportunities as Part of Major Workforce Development Legislation

The Congresswoman’s Strengthening Our Youth Apprenticeships Act Would Expand Workforce Training Opportunities for Central Virginia Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s legislation to support youth apprenticeship programs in Central Virginia and across the country as part of major legislation focused on expanding workforce development opportunities.

The Strengthening Our Youth Apprenticeships Act would create a new interagency apprenticeship agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. Through this collaboration, both departments would share publicly available guidance and best practices to support youth apprenticeship programs in both secondary and postsecondary education institutions. Spanberger and U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) reintroduced this bill earlier this week.

“Apprenticeships give Central Virginians the opportunity to pick up skills that will help them secure future employment. Amid the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these programs must be a part of our long-term strategy to keep the American workforce competitive in a global economy,” said Spanberger. “I’m proud to see my provisions pass as part of this larger package, and I’m hopeful that this practical legislation can strengthen relationships between Virginia’s employers, community colleges, and high schools. Even after this pandemic ends, the economic impacts of the crisis on working families will linger – and we can take steps now to make sure the next generation of workers is primed for success.”

Spanberger’s Strengthening Our Youth Apprenticeships Act was passed by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House as part of the National Apprenticeship Act, which Spanberger cosponsored. This larger package supports the creation or expansion of registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeship programs – including in non-traditional apprenticeship occupations and for individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and individuals with disabilities.

Click here to read more about the National Apprenticeship Act, which is led by U.S. Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03).

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