NFIB supports apprenticeship program improvement

Date: June 10, 2016

NFIB Pennsylvania has just signed a joint letter of support for House Bill 1952 which would help improve the state’s apprenticeship programs. The letter is below:

June 10, 2016 

Dear Member of the Pennsylvania legislature:
As representatives of Pennsylvania’s business community, we share a common goal in providing increased opportunities for our state’s job creators to prosper and succeed, in turn creating more jobs and a stronger workforce.  As the Commonwealth continues to struggle with a rapid decline in an available workforce for nearly every industry, there are critical steps that the legislature can take to reverse that course and usher in a new generation of in-demand employees.  We are urging you to support House Bill 1952, which would establish a consistent training system for Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship programs. 

Apprenticeship is a reliable, proven, and respected method for passing on valuable employment skills from one generation to another.  Used for centuries, hundreds of industry sectors currently rely on apprenticeship to ensure consistent performance from tenured employees to new employees.  From health care to manufacturing to construction, apprenticeship is a key component in addressing skilled workforce shortages in nearly every industry. 

House Bill 1952 for the first time establishes a consistent system for Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship programs, codifying the process of one supervisory employee teaching every new trainee.  While some employers and trade educators choose to use more intensive programs (e.g. three supervisory employees for every new trainee), HB 1952 would establish that system in Pennsylvania law for the very first time.  

Strengthening and encouraging the apprenticeship process is the fastest, most reliable, and most efficient way to address Pennsylvania’s aging workforce and ensure a new generation of industry leaders.  We are urging you to support House Bill 1952 and the goal of fostering the next generation of family-sustaining careers. 

Associated Builders and Contractors, Pennsylvania
National Federation of Independent Business, Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association
Independent Electrical Contractors
Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors
Pennsylvania Builders Association

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