Apprenticeships are key to building a skilled workforce, the Promoting Apprenticeships for Credentials and Employment Act (PACE Act) aims to support registered apprenticeship programs and help better prepare young and new workers for jobs in important highly skilled industries. The PACE act, introduced by Mark Pocan, a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, along with Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller, and Senator Patty Murray, seeks to achieve this by better integrating apprenticeships into postsecondary education programs and by extending the reach of apprenticeship programs to new areas.
Some additional areas the PACE Act would improve are an increased awareness about registered apprenticeship earn-and-learn programs and their value, added support to the development of these programs, a push for academic credit given for apprentice programs and further development if pre-apprenticeship programs.
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