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Empowering Employers is the Key to a Strong Workforce

Today, House Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke on the House floor to highlight the necessity of employer-driven apprenticeships in building a strong workforce development system.

Republican Leader Foxx's remarks:

“We must equip workers with the tools for success by empowering employers to play a more influential role in our nation’s workforce development system.

To do this, we must embrace a flexible, employer-driven apprenticeship model.

“Under the previous administration, a task force composed of business leaders, educational institutions, and trade associations recommended reducing the regulatory burden faced by businesses, allowing them to be flexible in their apprenticeship program requirements to meet the varying needs of different industries.

“Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) help cut through the overly prescriptive and burdensome red tape many new and small businesses face.

“But the Biden administration killed IRAPs and is actively working to limit job creators’ input by doubling down on registered apprenticeships and foolishly ignoring any alternatives.

“Ending this innovative and successful program will hurt students, job seekers, and job creators.”

Watch the full video here.


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