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NJ Just Took 7 Big Steps Toward Developing The Most Inclusive Apprenticeship Program In The Country.

Today, the NJ Senate Labor Committee unanimously voted four additional apprenticeship bills out of Committee, allowing for their consideration by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:S-3062 (A-2049) - provides businesses with a tax credit for each employee in a registered apprenticeship program, with additional incentives for employing apprentices from under-represented groups or people who face barriers to employment;
S-3064 (A-4656) - establishes a task force to develop a state plan to diversify apprenticeships through industry-specific recommendations;
S-3068 (A-4829) - establishes a peer-to-peer statewide apprenticeship mentoring program for people who are under-represented in registered apprenticeship programs--including women, people of color, and people with disabilities--in order to improve program retention and completion rates; and
S-3070 (A-4667) - provides funding for the New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ PLACE) program that would enable apprentices to receive college credit for their training in apprenticeship programs.Just last week, the NJ Senate passed the following three apprenticeship bills:   S-3061 (A-4603) - provides tax credits and grants to offset apprenticeship start-up costs;  
S-3063 (A-4655) - provides tuition fee waivers for apprenticeship courses at public colleges and universities, and county vocational schools; and  
S-3065 (A-4657) - establishes a three-year youth apprenticeship pilot program in the Department of Education for high school and college students ages 16-21. Having passed through the Senate, these bills will now head to the General Assembly for consideration.  These are seven of the 10 bills introduced as a package by Senate Education Committee Chair M. Teresa Ruiz and a group of other leading legislators that would implement recommendations in our latest report, Becoming the United States of Opportunity: the Economic Equity and Growth Case for Apprenticeships