Luria votes in support of apprenticeship programs, workforce training - Elaine for Congress

Luria votes in support of apprenticeship programs, workforce training

Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted Friday in support of national apprenticeship programs and workforce training.

“In today’s economy, it is vital to promote a variety of paths toward employment to put our workforce in a stronger position to thrive,” said Luria.

The National Apprenticeship Act (H.R. 447) would create nearly one million new Registered Apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship positions over the next five years.

The act authorizes more than $3 billion to support expanding the programs and access available.

Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) teach workers in-demand skills and help them achieve fulfilling employment opportunities.

“Registered Apprenticeship Programs have a proven track record of successful outcomes, and it is more important than ever to expand access to these opportunities as we face an unprecedented economic crisis,” Luria said.

A statement released by Luria’s office says that according to the Department of Labor, 94 percent of people who complete a Registered Apprenticeship are employed after completion and earn an averaging starting salary of $70,000.

“In supporting this legislation, Congresswoman Luria is creating pathways to careers instead of short-term jobs and ensuring that our country invests in working families again,” said Dennis Floyd of IBEW Local 80 in Hampton Roads.

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