Third Way Statement on the Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act of 2018
WASHINGTON—Third Way’s Vice President for the Economic Program Gabe Horwitz issued the following statement on the “Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act of 2018”:
American families need new solutions to address their central anxiety: will they and their children be able to earn a good life in the digital age? That’s why Third Way is pleased to endorse Senator Chris Coons’ Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act of 2018, which would help reinvent how Americans get the skills they need for the 21st Century. This legislation, introduced along with Senator Todd Young and Reps. Donald Norcross and David McKinley, creates a national network of apprenticeship hubs that link workers, employers, unions, and educational institutions. Hubs will expand apprenticeships to new and growing industries while supporting the unique needs of the apprentices. This model commits new resources to ensure the entire work ecosystem comes together to provide workers the opportunity to learn while they earn.
Over the past two centuries, we established free primary and secondary education and public two- and four-year colleges in every state. Now, we must add the missing piece, making apprenticeships a ubiquitous part of our educational system. Senator Coons’ legislation takes an essential first step to making that a reality. It is the exact kind of approach that we should be taking as a nation, and we applaud his leadership and commitment to this critical issue.