Press Release: ICYMI Tammy Baldwin Details Bold New Apprenticeship Legislation to Close the Skills Gap

“A new bill introduced this week by Senator Tammy Baldwin aims to bolster training programs as employers grapple with a shortage of skilled workers.”

ICYMI – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin detailed her new legislation to boost apprenticeships and close the skills gap in Wisconsin on Friday in an interview with The Daily Reporter, a Milwaukee-based construction news outlet.

The Daily Reporter – Baldwin bill would direct cash to worker training programs

June 15, 2018 – Nate Beck

Highlights from the story:

  • A new bill introduced this week by Senator Tammy Baldwin aims to bolster training programs as employers grapple with a shortage of skilled workers.
    Baldwin introduced the Promoting Apprenticeships through Regional Training Networks for Employers’ Required Skills Act, also known as the PARTNERS Act, on Thursday. If adopted by Congress and signed by the president, the legislation would direct money to new or existing programs that provide on-the-job training.

  • “(The bill focuses on) the worker who hasn’t yet, with an improving economy, gotten that family-supporting job because of whatever set of barriers,” Baldwin said.  “Someone who is just stuck forever in two minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet. Wouldn’t it be great to have one $20-an-hour job? Not only that but be learning as you earn to get even more ahead.”

  • Baldwin said the bill is the result of conversations she’s had with officials at small- and medium-sized businesses, many of which are struggling to start apprenticeship programs. She said she’s generally looking to benefit programs that help get workers into adult-instruction classes and pre-apprenticeship programs and provide access to work clothes and transportation, among other things.