Sending Office: Bonamici, Suzanne
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Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov

Support Expansion of Apprenticeships through Industry Partnerships

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Deadline: Thursday, March 21st

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in support of report language emphasizing the importance of local, industry partnerships between workforce, education,
labor, and human service providers to expand apprenticeships and work-based learning programs.

Work-based learning programs provide individuals with paid, on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Employers align training with the skills they need, and workers learn while they earn. By prioritizing the expansion of work-based learning programs,
including apprenticeships, to new businesses – especially small- and medium-sized businesses – and new sectors of the economy, we will help people across the country access good-paying jobs. This will require coordinated multi-employer apprenticeship programs
and strong local partnerships that respond to local workforce needs.

Industry partnerships bring together multiple employers in a targeted industry to aggregate skills demands across firms and identify training and employment strategies that meet those shared needs. The partnerships also bring together education institutions,
training providers, and community-based organizations that support the creation and expansion of work-based learning programs that benefit workers and the economy. These partnerships are the foundation of the meaningful employer engagement that is a prerequisite
to successful work-based learning and apprenticeship programs. The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took steps to further engage businesses in the workforce development system by including a focus on industry or sector partnerships.
The partnerships have proven to be a successful model, but unfortunately lack a dedicated funding source.

As Congress invests in a large-scale expansion of apprenticeship programs, now is the time to strengthen support for industry partnerships that can help engage businesses in industries both new to and experienced in training workers through work-based learning
programs.

Our letter requests report language to strengthen investments in the creation and expansion of industry partnerships to increase work-based learning programs and apprenticeships that respond to local industry demand. With meaningful investments in industry
partnerships, we can provide workers with meaningful pathways to better paying jobs and connect businesses with workers who have the skills they need to thrive in a global economy.

If you would like to sign the letter please, please complete this form. For additional information, please contact Maxine Sugarman in Rep. Bonamici’s office (Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov)
or Sarah Feldpausch in Rep. Mitchell’s office (Sarah.Feldpausch@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

 

Suzanne Bonamici                                                      Paul Mitchell

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We write to request your continued support for workforce development. As you consider the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you include report language supporting the development of industry partnerships between the workforce,
education, labor, and human service providers to expand work-based learning programs and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships and work-based learning programs provide individuals with paid, on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Employers align training with the skills they need, and workers learn while they earn. By prioritizing the expansion of work-based
learning programs to new businesses – especially small- and medium-sized businesses – and new sectors of the economy, we will help people across the country access good jobs. This will require coordinated multi-employer apprenticeship programs and strong local
partnerships that respond to local workforce needs.

Industry partnerships bring together multiple employers in a targeted industry to aggregate skills demands across firms and identify training and employment strategies that meet those shared needs. The partnerships also bring together education institutions,
training providers, and community-based organizations that support the creation and expansion of work-based learning programs that benefit workers and the economy. These partnerships are the foundation of the meaningful employer engagement that is a prerequisite
to successful work-based learning and apprenticeship programs.

The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took steps to further engage businesses in the workforce development system by including a focus on industry or sector partnerships. Industry partnerships help address the skills gap by bringing
together employers, education organizations, training, labor, and community-based organizations to develop work-based learning programs. These partnerships have proven to be successful, but do not currently have a dedicated funding source to support their
creation or expansion.

Workforce funding is key to making sure job training programs have the capacity to meet U.S. employer needs. With meaningful investments, programs across the nation will help workers gain the skills to support themselves and their families and make sure
employers will have access to the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. As Congress invests in a large-scale expansion of apprenticeship programs, now is the time to strengthen support for industry partnerships that will engage more employers
in training workers through work-based learning opportunities.

We request the following report language to strengthen investments in work-based learning programs that respond to local industry demand:

The Committee supports the funding and development of industry or sector partnerships as a means to expand work-based learning programs and apprenticeships in in-demand industries.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. We look forward to continuing to work with you to invest in apprenticeships and work-based learning programs to provide workers with meaningful pathways to better paying jobs and connect businesses with
workers who have the skills they need to thrive in a global economy.

Sincerely,

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