Apprenticeship Program gains from political efforts in Nevada
In Nevada, a new emphasis on our Apprenticeship Program has been injected into state government like never before, thanks to our Voice of the Engineer (VOTE) volunteers and the politicians they helped elect last year. For example, in his first State of the Union address, Gov. Steve Sisolak noted the importance of apprenticeship programs and announced plans to increase funding for skilled-trade programs, like ours, with the goal of training an additional 2,000 students.
One of the first things the new, labor-friendly members of the State Legislature did (in addition to hosting the first-ever Apprenticeship Day at the state capitol) was introduce Senate Bill (SB) 207, that the Governor subsequently signed and put it into law on June 8. The bill requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects to employ our apprentices for a certain percentage of hours, and ensures those who graduate while on one of these projects be paid journey-level wages while still helping the employer meet the apprentice requirement. This guarantees the continued growth of our Apprenticeship Program, with the increased market share that goes with it, and even better career prospects for our current and future apprentices.
From left: Business Agent Phil Herring, District Representative Scott Fullerton, Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada Apprentice Danielle Leggett, Nevada Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) Administrator Brian Prather