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Proposed Bill Aims to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

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On January 13th, the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committee, heard testimony on SB 5600, concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs. SB 5600.

SB 5600: read the full bill (link)
Bill Sponsors: Keiser, Holy, Conway, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Lovick, Randall, Rivers, Robinson, Saldaña, Salomon, Stanford, Trudeau, Wagoner, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Bill Status: In committee

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Senator Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) from the 30th Legislative District and Senator Mona Das from the 47th Legislative District are both among the sponsors of this bill.

Brief Summary of Bill

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(as found in the SB 5600 Senate Bill Report)

  • Requires the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (Apprenticeship Council) to establish sector-based subcommittees to promote industry collaboration and review curricula for apprenticeship programs, and requires the Governor to establish a committee to develop apprenticeship programs for state agencies.
  • Requires apprenticeship programs seeking approval to provide a plan for future sustainability to demonstrate that, within ten years of approval, the program will be financially sustainable, independent of any state funds provided to start the program.
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  • Requires the Apprenticeship Council, when evaluating applications for new apprenticeship programs, to consider whether graduating apprentices will earn a living wage, the availability of a career ladder to graduating apprentices, or the existence of non-wage benefits as factors in the approval process.
  • Establishes several grants for technology and remote learning infrastructure modernization, wrap-around support services for apprentices, and updating necessary equipment in apprenticeship programs.
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