Harder Pushes for Expanding Apprenticeships in Congressional Hearing

July 16, 2019
Press Release
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WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today questioned international experts on apprenticeship programs during a hearing in the House Education and Labor Committee. Rep. Harder is in the process of developing an education and skills package tailored to the needs of the Central Valley and developed from the input from educators and businesses on the ground. Rep. Harder will release his legislation over the coming weeks.

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“We need more good-paying jobs in the Valley – and one of the best ways to get that done is to ensure that we have a high-skilled workforce prepared our 21st Century needs,” said Rep. Harder. “I’ve heard from folks across the Valley – and across the world – on how best to support the trades and apprenticeships, and I look forward to introducing my legislation soon.” 

Today’s hearing focused on ways to scale-up existing apprenticeships by following proven international models. Countries including Germany, Switzerland, and Australia invest billions more in apprenticeship programs than the United States, and as a result, have more comprehensive programs connected to their education systems, higher rates of apprenticeship participation, and clearer pathways to high-skilled careers in the trades.

In addition to consulting with these experts, Rep. Harder held a town hall on jobs and education in May to hear directly from members of the community. He also held a round table with local educators and administrators to ensure his legislation is tailored to local needs.