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Bill promoting better trained workforce passes Assembly

NEW JERSEY – Assemblyman Parker Space’s bill allowing secondary classroom experience to satisfy existing education requirements in apprenticeship programs passed the Assembly Monday.

Apprenticeship programs allow individuals to earn money while gaining on-the-job training, a job-related classroom education and industry-recognized credentials. Employers are able to develop specific training that aligns more cohesively with business needs.

“As New Jersey’s economy looks to recover from government-related Covid restrictions, we will need this bill more than ever. It will allow businesses to more easily fill skilled positions with qualified candidates and help connect people to gainful employment,” Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said.

New Jersey has a robust apprenticeship program that includes a number of different occupations and industries including construction, healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, finance and more. Registered apprenticeship programs cite participants are as much as 91% more likely to remain employed with a company, while reducing recruitment and turnover costs for employers, Space said.

The bill (A4008) requires partners participating in the apprenticeship consortium to consult and gain approval from the U.S. Department of Labor before making agreements.

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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