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  • NJ A4598
  • Creates Joint Apprenticeship Incentive Grant Program.
Introduced
(2/15/2017)
In Committee
(2/15/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates, in the Office of Customized Training, the Joint Apprenticeship Incentive Grant Program, to provide grants to newly established joint apprenticeship programs to train apprentices in advanced technology occupations, with priority given to grants for programs in manufacturing. The purpose of the grants is to provide incentives to employers to establish, on an ongoing basis, new joint apprenticeship programs for advanced technology occupations which will provide resources on the scale necessary to fill significant gaps in advanced workforce occupational skills needed for this State's future economic success, and provide greater opportunities for a new generation of workers, including young women and minority group members, to access careers in high-skill, high-wage occupations. The bill requires that, to be eligible for a grant, an employer must demonstrate that it has established a joint apprenticeship committee with equal employer and labor organization representation, and has, within 12 months before applying for the grant, entered into, or is in the process of entering into, an agreement with the labor organization to provide consistent funding sufficient to sustain the joint apprenticeship program beyond the duration of the grant. The grant application is to include data about the numbers and pay of anticipated apprentices, plans to promote women and minority group participation, and documentation that the joint apprenticeship program meets all State and federal requirements. The grants will reimburse employers for amounts not less than 50% or more than 75% of wage rates paid to apprentices during the first year, with those amounts paid each year of the apprenticeship, without regard to increases in the wage rates of the apprentices after the first year. The duration of training for an apprentice under the grant is limited to five years. In determining what percentage of the wage rate to pay, the commissioner will consider: the duration and pay levels of the apprenticeship; plans to promote women and minority group participation; the total amount of grant funds requested compared to the total amount available; and how much the State-wide demand for trained workers in the occupation of the apprenticeship exceeds the number of available trained workers. During the program's first fiscal year, $1.5 million will be reserved for the program from funds in the Office of Customized Training account of the Workforce Development Partnership Fund; and $1.5 million will be reserved for the program from available federal job training funds. During each of the four fiscal years following the first fiscal year, an additional amount shall be reserved for the program from the indicated State and federal sources such that the sum of that additional amount and the unexpended balance from the previous fiscal year equals $3 million. At the end of the fifth fiscal year, any unexpended amounts will be made available for other training purposes. The Office of Customized Training and the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development are directed to coordinate the efforts of the program with other apprenticeship-related programs, like pre-apprenticeship grants under the State's "Youth Transitions to Work Partnership Act," and initiatives funded by the NJ PLACE program to coordinate and articulate apprenticeship programs with degree programs in institutions of higher education. The commissioner is directed to compile and analyze data on the program and issue, six months before the end of the program's fifth fiscal year, a report evaluating its success and making recommendations on whether to renew, expand or otherwise enhance the program.
Labor
Assembly Labor Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 )  (on 6/15/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/15/2017 Assembly Labor Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 )
2/15/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Labor Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified