|Friday, February 5, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Complete Consideration of H.R. 447 – National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 (Rep. Scott (VA) – Education and Labor)
This bill invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to Registered Apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeships. The proposal would create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities on top of the current expected growth of the apprenticeship system. It would also yield $10.6 billion in net benefits to U.S. taxpayers in the form of increased workers productivity and decreased spending on public-assistance programs and unemployment insurance. This legislation passed the House in the 116th Congress by a vote of 246-140.
Click here for a fact sheet from the Education and Labor Committee.
The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor, makes in order 26 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc. A full list of amendments can be found here and below.
Blunt Rochester Amendment
Adds “ethnicity” to the “nontraditional apprenticeship population” definition, expands outreach to Title I schools for youth apprenticeship opportunities, expands coordination with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs to promote awareness of related apprenticeship opportunities, and improves website accessibility.
Clarifies the requirement in the State plan for describing apprenticeship opportunities in nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Includes child care as transitional assistance for formerly incarcerated people participating in pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs.
Adds “media and entertainment” to the list of eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Includes “education (including early childhood education)” to the list of eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations, and secondary and postsecondary education to the list of programs in high-need, social-service related occupations.
Adds “Job Corps” to the definition of Education and Training Providers, and encourages the consideration of Job Corps as an education and training partner for education alignment apprenticeship grants. Also allows apprentices, pre-apprentices, or youth apprentices to use emergency grant funding, provided by the program they are participating in, to obtain internet access.
Requires the Office of Apprenticeship to cooperate with the Attorney General in order to provide technical assistance in aligning the national apprenticeship system with mentorship programs administered by the Attorney General.
Adds “agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting” to the list of eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Ensures that the technical assistance provided to grant recipients includes the sharing of best practices among potential and current grantees to improve overall outcomes and meet grant requirements
Changes the Title II funding partnership requirements to choose between partnering with an industry or sector partnership, or with a labor or joint labor management organization, instead of partnering with both, to the extent practicable.
‘‘(2) to the extent practicable—
‘‘(A) be part of an industry or sector partnership; or
“(B) partner with a labor or joint labor-management organization.
Adds “computer science” to the list of eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Incorporates veterans into the underlying bill by: adding veterans service organizations (VSOs) to the list of partner organizations involved in the national apprenticeship system; adding VSOs to the entities that should be contacted for promoting and raising awareness about apprenticeship opportunities; and adding veteran status as one of the demographic identifiers for reporting on apprenticeship outcomes.
Clarifies that intermediary grants can be used for national industry intermediaries, equity intermediaries, or local or regional intermediaries.
Includes user-friendly formats and languages that are easily accessible as part of the national apprenticeship clearinghouse and for school leaders promoting youth apprenticeships. Includes the Federal Communications Commission under the Ex Officio nonvoting members section of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.
Strengthens efforts to ensure that low-income individuals and others with barriers to employment are able to participate in programs under the national apprenticeship system, including in fields where such groups are underrepresented.
Includes “renewable energy” to energy occupations listed under eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Allows for demonstration projects to provide for innovation in the national apprenticeship system, including activities responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Expands apprenticeship grant access for minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses.
Ensures the Office of Apprenticeship provides technical assistance to State apprenticeship agencies establishing or expanding apprenticeship hubs, and ensures State apprenticeship systems work with workforce development organizations to support recruitment of nontraditional populations and dislocated workers for apprenticeship programs.
Adds “Environmental Protection and Conservation” to the category of Green Jobs under Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations. Adds eligible expenses for apprenticeship creation grants, including equipment, instructional materials, etc.
Allows pre-apprenticeship programs that receive grant funding under Title II to use funds to provide stipends to pre-apprentices for costs incurred during the pre-apprenticeship program such as housing, transportation, childcare, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Allows the quality standards for apprenticeship programs to be waived allowing low-quality programs access to federal aid, eliminates the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, eliminates the interagency agreement with the Department of Education, and cuts 70% of the funding compared with National Apprenticeship Act of 2021.
Requires the Office of Apprenticeship to disseminate best practices to recruit nontraditional apprenticeship populations, women, minorities, long-term unemployed, individuals with a disability, individuals recovering from substance abuse disorders, veterans, military spouses, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals impacted by the criminal or juvenile justice system, and foster and former foster youth.
Adds “hospitality and tourism” to the list of eligible programs for Title II grants for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations.
Ritchie Torres Amendment
Ensures that grants are awarded to encourage employer participation in apprenticeship programs that target individuals with language barriers (English language learners).
Directs the Office of Apprenticeship to coordinate with the Attorney General and Bureau of Prisons to support the establishment and expansion of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in all Federal correctional institutions, to offer technical assistance for State prison systems and employers seeking to operate or improve corrections-based pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs, and to support the successful transition of individuals in correctional institutions to pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs upon exiting from correctional settings.
Rule for Adoption of S.Con.Res. 5– A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 (Sen. Sanders – Budget)
The rule will deem S.Con.Res.5 adopted by the House.
Click here for a report from the House Budget Committee.
Click here for a list of non-binding amendments adopted on the Senate floor.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
W.E.B Du Bois