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H.R. 6425 - Accessing Professional Partnerships and Resources to Enable Necessary Training and Improve Career Education Act of 2018
Introduced: 2018-07-18
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6425


    To provide grants to State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs to support the expansion, awareness, and prestige of such programs, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2018

    Mrs. Davis of California (for herself and Mr. Guthrie) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

    To provide grants to State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs to support the expansion, awareness, and prestige of such programs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Accessing Professional Partnerships and Resources to Enable Necessary Training and Improve Career Education Act of 2018” or the “APPRENTICE Act”.

SEC. 2. Apprenticeship Grant Program.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Labor shall provide grants to State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs, on a competitive basis, to support the expansion, awareness, and prestige of such programs.

(b) Amounts.—The amount of a grant made to a State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship program under this section may not exceed $100,000.

(c) Uses of amounts.—Amounts received under this section shall only be used to carry out the following:

(1) Train personnel who administer State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs or who supervise or train individuals participating in such apprenticeship programs.

(2) Publicize State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs on the internet, including on employment-related databases and search engines for job listings, and through public campaigns.

(3) Provide funds to educators from local educational institutions to visit State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship program sites to learn about such programs.

(4) Review applications submitted to State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs by prospective apprentices.

(5) Coordinate State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship program curricula efforts with the curricula of local educational institutions and programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.).

(d) Application requirements.—A State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship program seeking a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary determines.

(e) Report.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the program, including the number of apprentices recruited and retained by State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship programs that receive amounts under this section.

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2019, and each fiscal year thereafter.

SEC. 3. Ease of navigation.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall—

(1) improve the navigability of the Department of Labor database containing registered apprenticeship programs;

(2) publicize the ease by which an apprenticeship program seeking to register with the Department of Labor may become a registered apprenticeship program; and

(3) coordinate with local and State Departments of Labor to publicize registered apprenticeship programs.

(b) External link.—The Secretary of Education shall include an external link to the Department of Labor database containing registered apprenticeship programs on the Department of Education website.

SEC. 4. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) DIRECTOR.—The term “Director” means the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

(2) PROSPECTIVE APPRENTICE.—The term “prospective apprentice” means current or prospective applicants to a State-recognized or federally recognized apprenticeship program.

(3) SECRETARY.—Except as otherwise provided, the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Labor.


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