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October 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 8
Work In Texas
October 24, 2019 ceremony, Governor Greg Abbott signs workforce development bill that establishes the "Texas Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program".
New Grant helps to meet Industrial Workforce Needs
Workforce development in partnership with industry received a positive boost as Governor Greg Abbott ceremoniously signed House Bill 2784 into law on October 24, 2019. Governor Abbott signed the bill at the S & B Engineers and Constructors' Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center in Baytown, Texas. The governor expressed his thoughts on the strong Texas economy and explained to the hundreds of onlookers how the legislation will enhance "Texas' most valuable resources, a highly skilled workforce."

House bill 2784, sponsored in recent legislative session by State Senator Carol Alvarado and State Representative Dade Phelan, created the Texas Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program in the Texas Workforce Commission. The legislation defines Industry-recognized apprentice programs as company initiatives that hire and provide on-the-job training to unemployed individuals, Veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and underemployed without certifications or credentials.

Governor Abbott also commended S & B Engineers and Contractors for their efforts to create and retain a skilled workforce to meet the on-going demand for expanding industrial growth in Texas. S & B Craft Education and Skills Enhancement program has provided opportunity for hundreds of individuals to increase their skills and employability and enrich the lives of their families. In partnership with S&B, Southeast Texas' first group of Entry-level Pipefitters will graduate in November and receive their industry-recognized craft credential.

Grant awards to businesses per eligible person can be $10,000, based on formulas and guidelines. Currently, the Texas Workforce Commission's Workforce Development Division (apprenticeship@twc.state.tx.us) is developing final contracts and agreements for businesses interested in participating in the Texas Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program. Read the full text of House Bill No. 2784 at this link.

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