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Rice, Fitzpatrick Lead Bipartisan Resolution in Support of National Apprenticeship Week

Week raises awareness about apprenticeship programs and importance of developing a highly skilled workforce

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Washington, November 18, 2021 | Stuart Malec (202-225-5516) | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced a bipartisan resolution that supports the official designation of the week of November 15, 2021 as National Apprenticeship Week. The resolution recognizes the important role that apprenticeships play in developing a highly skilled workforce and commends the businesses and organizations that actively support apprenticeship programs. 

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Obama Administration celebrated the first National Apprenticeship Week with more than 200 events around the country. This year, there are nearly 900 DOL-registered events happening nationwide, highlighting the potential for apprenticeship programs to put more American workers on a path to new skills, higher wages, and greater opportunities to advance their careers. 

“Apprenticeships ensure that workers are career-ready and set up for long-term success,” said Rep. Rice. “This week is about raising awareness and expanding the reach of these critical workforce development programs that provide the strong foundation our economy needs for sustained growth. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan resolution with my colleagues in Congress, and I commend the Biden Administration and Secretary Walsh for their continued commitment to strengthening our nation’s apprenticeship programs.”  

“I am proud to join my bipartisan colleagues in introducing this resolution to celebrate the value and importance of apprenticeships,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “In a time when our country is facing pressing workforce challenges, apprenticeship programs can grow our economy and close the skills gap by providing on-the-job training that will prepare the next generation of workers for in-demand, high paying careers.” 

“National Apprenticeship Week celebrates our collective investment in registered apprenticeships to play a critical role in our country’s economic recovery,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Apprenticeship creates opportunities for businesses to develop a pipeline of skilled, trained and credentialed workers, for people from underserved communities to create a pathway to the middle class and for America to become more competitive than ever – to build back our nation’s economy.” 

“Apprenticeship Training programs are a vital component of developing our nation’s workforce. The impact of training a skilled workforce resonates in urban, suburban and rural communities alike,” said Matty Aracich, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. “Training programs help employers attract talent, lower costs and maintain a safe workforce. Apprentices learn the value of team building and this a key factor in developing Labor Leaders for the next generation. Thank you to Rep. Rice for introducing this resolution.” 

Original cosponsors of the resolution include U.S. Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), André Carson (IN-07), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) Angie Craig (MN-02), Jason Crow (CO-06), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), James R. Langevin (RI-02), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Scott Peters (CA-52), Tim Ryan (OH-13), David Scott (GA-13), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) 

The text of the resolution can be found here.


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