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
Brief Summary of Bill
- 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.
- 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.