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
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
) 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