SMACNA Urges Congress to Support The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, H.R. 8294
In a recent letter to the U.S. House, SMACNA expressed its support for H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. Introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53) and forty-four cosponsors, this important apprenticeship legislation was reported from the Education and Labor Committee (H. Rpt. 116-567) on November 9, 2020.
H.R. 8294 provides statutory authority for the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) within DOL. The OA's responsibilities include (1) supporting the development of apprenticeship models; (2) recognizing qualified state apprenticeship agencies, and operating apprenticeship offices in states without a recognized agency; (3) providing technical assistance to state agencies; (4) periodically updating requirements for each occupation in the apprenticeship program and determining whether to approve new occupations for the program; and (5) awarding grants provided under this bill. The bill also establishes in statute criteria for various programs, including (1) quality standards for apprenticeships, (2) requirements for apprenticeship agreements between a program sponsor and an apprentice, and (3) acceptable uses for grant funds awarded under this bill.