Lipinski Introduces Bill to Help Veterans Get Jobs by Entering Apprenticeship and Certification Programs

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has introduced the Veterans Apprenticeship and Certification Act to help veterans find the right career after military service and help employers find these qualified, dedicated, and hard-working Americans.  Currently, veterans are not allowed to use their Post-9/11 GI benefits for the tuition and fees associated with participating in an apprenticeship.  Lipinski’s bill would allow them to use their benefits for an apprenticeship program, which would greatly expand their ability to find the right career path once they leave military service.  It would also provide them with opportunities to create professional connections and develop other professional skills.

“As a veteran transitions and separates from military service, an apprenticeship can help them bridge the gap between service in the Armed Forces and civilian employment,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “Apprenticeships offer veterans the opportunity to receive on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a professional accompanied by classroom instruction.  They also provide veterans the opportunity to demonstrate and transfer the skills they acquired during military service to a civilian career.”

According to the Department of Labor, there are over 350,000 job openings in manufacturing.  Lipinski’s legislation would also direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with private industry to develop a pilot program for a National Institute for Metalworking Skills certification in computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining.  A CNC certification is critical for anyone pursuing a career in metalworking and modern manufacturing. 

In May of this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.6 percent of post-9/11 veterans were unemployed compared to 4 percent of nonveterans. 

“As the number of apprenticeship programs increase and apprenticeships expand into new industries, our veterans should be put in a position to capitalize on that industry demand,” stated Lipinski.  “We owe veterans so much that we can never repay, but with this bill we can help provide them with some assistance to get a good job and start a promising career after serving our nation in the Armed Forces.” 

Veterans Apprenticeship and Certification Act (07/28/1711:55 AMET )
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