Senators Introduce Bill to Open Access to Apprenticeship Programs for Veterans

Washington Free Beacon | 10/10/2017 | Ali Meyer
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BY: Ali Meyer

Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark. ) and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) introduced the VALOR Act, which will help military veterans have more access to apprenticeship programs.

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Currently, private apprenticeship training programs in multiple states are required to register with each state's approval agency, which increases the amount of paperwork and review processes they have to go through. Because of this, some of these programs have decided to limit themselves to a smaller number of states and have been discouraged from opening up programs for veterans.

The Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act would help streamline the certification process for these programs by allowing there to be a streamlined approval process.

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"To make employers register their apprenticeship programs in every single state they operate in is a needlessly burdensome requirement," said Sen. Cotton. "It also has the perverse effect of making it harder to hire veterans. This legislation will cut through the red tape and help put more veterans in apprenticeship programs."

"Hiring veterans in the private sector should be as easy as possible, and Congress needs to do its part to increase opportunities for veterans in our workforce," said Sen. Tillis. "It is unnecessary to force businesses to register in every state of operation,...
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