The New Jersey State Assembly Advances Two Bills Aimed At ‘Strengthening Access To’ Apprenticeship Programs
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - The New Jersey State Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved two measures to bolster Apprenticeships in the state: Assembly Bill 4655 would creates a tuition-fee waiver for Apprenticeship Programs; and Assembly Bill 4657 would establish a Youth Apprenticeship Program in the Department of Education.
“The state should have its own action plan to increase diversity in its own Apprenticeship Programs. Apprenticeships are a valuable tool to introduce Workers to a Trade and get them started on a career path,” A4655’s sponsors – Assembly Members John Armato (Democrat-2nd District), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (Democrat-37th District) and Wayne DeAngelo (Democrat-14th) – said in a joint statement issued on the bill.
“Tuition waivers for those who are eligible will help to attract even more residents to these programs and get more people back to work,” the statement continues. “They also assist community colleges and high-quality Workforce Training Providers - our educational partners - in facilitating Apprenticeship Programs in the state.”
Armato along with Assembly Members Daniel Benson (Democrat-14th District) and Britnee Timberlake (Democrat-14th District) are sponsors of the second measure.
“Organizing a Youth Apprenticeship Pilot Program will be a tremendous support to New Jersey schools as they help connect students to the job training and to opportunities pertaining to their interests,” the sponsors said in a joint statement issued on A4657. “Some students may not be four-year college-bound yet may have aspirations in a Trade where they can get started right away as an Apprentice. By providing students’ access to industry-focused training and on-the-job learning, we create an affordable and viable pathway to a career for future generations.”
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