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Texas Workforce Commission Proposes $5 Million In Trades’ Apprenticeship Job Training, Which Will Increase The Number Of Apprentices In The State By 1,000

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2020
by smcorridornews.com
Texas Workforce Commission Proposes $5 Million In Trades’ Apprenticeship Job Training, Which Will Increase The Number Of Apprentices In The State By 1,000

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) proposed $5 million to Registered Apprenticeship Funds for Fiscal Year 2021, which will require approval of the TWC, along with the Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget.

“The Registered Apprenticeship Training Program ‘is one of the many programs providing Texans with options to improve their future and our overall’ Texas economy,” TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said. “Employers ‘create a pipeline of Workers who have the exact skills their businesses need to grow and be competitive,’ while job seekers ‘learn key’ Trades ‘and gain qualifications to meet industry standards that lead to rewarding careers.’”

TWC Registered Apprenticeship Training Program helps prepare and train individuals for highly skilled jobs and life-long careers in more than 1,300 possible Trade or Craft Occupations with competitive wage opportunities.

The program also provides valuable skills, work experience and connections between job seekers with employers.

“Apprenticeships ‘used to be referred to as the best kept secret in Texas!’  ‘Well, not anymore,’” said Julian Alvarez, a TWC Commissioner representing Organized Labor. “Listening to constituents around the state, TWC has helped to expand this program through traditional and non-traditional sectors.  ‘This proven, earn while you learn model has helped thousands of students work on day one and graduate with little or no student debt.’” 

Registered Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced Journey Workers with related classroom instruction.

Most of these training programs last from two to five years.

Generally, Apprentices are full-time, paid Employees who earn while they learn.

TWC grants funds to local Public Educational Institutions and Apprenticeship Committees to support the costs of classroom instruction related to Apprenticeship training.

During Fiscal Year 2020, TWC funding supported 6,865 Apprentices.

For Fiscal Year 2021, TWC’s goal is to increase the number of individuals served by 1,000.

“Apprenticeship Programs ‘provide’ Texas companies ‘with a choice,’” said Aaron Demerson, a TWC Commissioner representing employers. “A number of employers in Texas ‘recognize the Registered Apprentice Training Program as a tool for strengthening’ our state’s workforce.”

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