Apprenticeships are critical pathways for students and workers across the country, write Murray and 13 Senators in new bipartisan resolution
Registered apprenticeship programs provide education and training in high-growth industries, such as information tech, financial services, advanced manufacturing, health care, and more
Read full resolution designating this week National Apprenticeship Week here: LINK
(Washington, D.C) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 13 Senators in introducing a bipartisan resolution in the Senate designating the week of November 14, 2016, National Apprenticeship Week.
“I am proud to introduce this resolution that recognizes the importance of strengthening and expanding registered apprenticeship programs,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Apprenticeships help make sure students and workers are prepared to compete for high-skill, high-wage jobs, which is critical to providing more families in my home state of Washington and across the country a ladder of opportunity to reach a stable middle class life.”
A 2012 evaluation of registered apprenticeship programs by Mathematica Policy Research found that the tax return on every public dollar invested in registered apprenticeship programs was $27. It further found that individuals who completed registered apprenticeship programs earned over $240,000 more throughout their careers than individuals not participating in such programs.
Senators joining Senator Murray in introducing resolution designating National Apprenticeship Week: Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Al Franken (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Read the full resolution HERE.