Governors support federal investments in apprenticeships that align with existing state, local efforts

Western Governors assert that "federal investments in apprenticeships should align with existing efforts to foster a coherent system with minimal duplication at the federal, state and local level.”

The Governors, in comments submitted to Assistant Secretary John Pallasch of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, additionally noted the Governors' “support for the expansion of work-based learning programs, including registered apprenticeships."

The Aug. 26, 2019 comments signed by WGA Chair North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Vice Chair Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also touched on issues such as Portability of Credentials, Protections for Apprentices, and Reporting Outcomes.

"Western Governors appreciate DOL’s efforts to expand work-based learning opportunities to provide more workers with the skills they need in today’s economy," the Governors conclude. "We hope to work with you to ensure that these regulations do not undermine state efforts to address this challenge."

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