Fitzpatrick introduces apprenticeship bill
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, Middletown, joined a bipartisan group of federal legislators to introduce a bill designed to enhance training and education opportunities through apprenticeships.
According to a release from Fitzpatrick's office, the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017 will create a $5,000 tax credit based upon wages paid by companies that hire individuals enrolled in a federal or state registered apprenticeship program.
For employers participating in a multi-employer apprenticeship program, the credit rate would be $3 per hour each individual works. A worker must be employed for seven months before the credit can be claimed; it can be claimed as the apprentice works through the program for a maximum of three years. The bill also allows veterans to apply their previous skills and experience towards education hours so they can be put to use more quickly.
"Apprenticeship programs grow our economy by fostering training programs that will prepare workers for in-demand careers," said Fitzpatrick. "By closing the skills gap, this bipartisan program will encourage more good-paying jobs for working families, while addressing our nation’s current shortage of trained workers."