Grant Legislation for Apprenticeship Introduced

The Accessing Professional Partnership and Resources to Enable Necessary Training and Improve Career Educations (H.R.6425) Act or the APPRENTICE Act was introduced by Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-Calif.), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development and co-chairs of the Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus. 

The APPRENTICE Act would establish $50 million in grant funding to organizations that administer state- or federally-recognized apprenticeship programs. The funds could be used to train personnel who supervise and educate apprentices, to publicize quality apprenticeship programs, to review apprentice applications, and to align apprenticeship curricula with local Career and Technical Education programs. 

The APPRENTICE Act would also direct the Department of Labor (DOL) to improve usability of the department’s database that lists existing registered apprenticeships and would require increased coordination between the DOL and the Department of Education in publicizing apprenticeships.