NABTU Statement Applauding Passage of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

Washington, D.C. – November 20, 2020 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement commending the bipartisan passage of H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020:

“North America’s Building Trades Unions applauds the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act to reauthorize the foundational law on which our apprenticeship programs are built. This bill maintains the integrity of the Registered Apprenticeship system and ensures the safety, well-being, and economic trajectory of the apprentice are protected.

“Investing almost $1.7 billion per year, funding a network of over 1,600 U.S. teaching centers and producing the safest, most highly-skilled and productive construction craft workers through the Registered Apprenticeship system – we know the Registered model works. With this new bill, Registered Apprenticeship will not only remain the gold standard in U.S. construction workforce training but will also open pathways for more industries to build productive and highly-skilled workforces.”