[AUDIO] A bill that would create apprenticeship programs in every Educational Service District in Washington has been introduced in the state House of Representatives. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports.
SATTGAST: Representative Jacqueline Maycumber, the sponsor of House Bill 1536, says more needs to be done to ensure students have the training and skill sets to secure jobs in their regional economy.
MAYCUMBER: “Sixteen to 18-year-olds could effectively be taught a skill set within high school that will serve them for a lifetime and help the communities for which they live. But, also help them.”
SATTGAST: Maycumber says about 80 percent of contractors in Washington are having difficulties finding qualified electricians, millwrights, iron workers and other trade workers. The bill requires educational service districts (or ESDs) to establish apprenticeship programs in at least two industries or professions.
MAYCUMBER: “So kids can at least, starting out, pick between plumbing or electrical. And then they start down that certification and start down learning these skill sets that they need for a bright future.”
SATTGAST: Maycumber adds the bill would give students options other than college to train for a career. The measure is under consideration in the House Education Committee.
John Sattgast, the state Capitol