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API and NABTU urge Senate to vote on National Apprenticeship Act

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) and North America’s Building Trades Unions have urged the Senate to act on the National Apprenticeship Act (H.R. 8294), which was recently passed by the House.

“This legislation is important to ensure the continued vitality of our national apprenticeship system, which provides a ladder of opportunity for those seeking workforce training, including the many union workers employed by the oil and natural gas industry,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. “High standard apprenticeship training is essential, and we encourage the Senate to pass this bill to strengthen economic opportunities in communities across the country.”

“North America’s Building Trades Unions applauds the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act to reauthorise the foundational law on which our apprenticeship programs are built. This bill maintains the integrity of the Registered Apprenticeship system and ensures the safety, well-being, and economic trajectory of the apprentice are protected,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “Investing almost US$1.7 billion per year, funding a network of over 1600 US teaching centres and producing the safest, most highly-skilled and productive construction craft workers through the Registered Apprenticeship system – we know the Registered model works. With this new bill, Registered Apprenticeship will not only remain the gold standard in US construction workforce training but will also open pathways for more industries to build productive and highly-skilled workforces.”

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