This legislation would create public-private partnerships to serve as intermediaries between employers participating in registered apprenticeship programs, industry and training partners, and government entities. Under this proposal, each intermediary would be responsible for assessing and training potential apprentices, minimizing the burden on participating employers by tracking success indicators and managing other reporting requirements.
The New England Council believes that this legislation will help to better align workforce training with local and regional demands, and that many of our members would welcome the opportunity to participate in such apprenticeship programs. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than seven million workers, and added more than 100,000 new jobs. Yet at the same time, more than 500,000 tech jobs are unfilled during any given 90-day period. To best prepare the future workforce to fill these openings, we must provide students with not just classroom education, but hands-on, real world experience. If passed, the CHANCE in TECH Act would do just that.
If you have questions about this bill or about the Council’s ongoing efforts to support initiatives to close the skills gap, please contact Emily Heisig or Taylor Pichette.