By 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of millions of workers with recognized postsecondary credentials
The EARNS Act would intensify the development of pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs across the country
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act, legislation to strengthen the nation’s workforce development system through registered apprenticeship programs. The EARNS Act would support pre-apprenticeship programs and new or expanding registered apprenticeship programs that provide national, portable credentials, and help secure academic credit for on-the-job learning portions of an apprenticeship.
“To ensure that our workforce can truly lead in the 21st century global economy, we need our students and workers to be prepared to compete for high-skill, high-wage jobs in industries across the economy,” Senator Murray said. “By strengthening and expanding registered apprenticeship programs, we can help workers get the training and experience they’ll need, while they are also earning a paycheck, and provide a ladder of opportunity to reach a stable middle class life. I look forward to continuing working with Senator Hatch and others to expand registered apprenticeships to serve more students, workers, and businesses across the country.”
“Today’s apprenticeship programs are in desperate need of reform,” Senator Hatch said. “Outdated models and overbearing federal requirements have strangled many job-training programs, preventing millions of workers from gaining the national credentials and transferable academic credits they need to sharpen their skills and progress in their careers. I am committed to advancing a bipartisan reform to update America’s aging apprenticeship programs. That’s why Senator Murray and I have introduced the EARNS Act—a transformative bill that will not only expand and promote apprenticeships, but also reform the registered apprenticeship program to meet the needs of employers and employees alike. Ultimately, this bipartisan reform will help bring American apprenticeship into the 21st century.”
This bill is co-sponsored by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Al Franken (D-MN).
The EARNS Act builds on a proven model supported by clear evidence of success. 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 over their careers than individuals not participating in such programs.
FACT SHEET: Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act:
Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills Act
Sponsored by Senators Murray and Hatch
Original Co-sponsors: Senators Scott, Kaine, Collins and Franken
A highly skilled workforce is necessary to compete in the global economy, support economic growth, and maintain the standard of living of the United States. US registered apprenticeships is an employer led training model that prepares workers for the skill requirements of in-demand occupations while providing the workers with recognized, national credentials and wages while in training.
A 2012 evaluation of registered apprenticeship programs by Mathematica Policy Research found that—
A 21st century workforce requires that registered apprenticeships are thriving in all economic sectors, including service, information, trades, finance, manufacturing and healthcare.
The EARNS Act:
The EARNS Act will: