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senate Bill S. 777

Should the Feds Give Grants to Support Tech Apprenticeships?

Argument in favor

The tech sector’s need for employees is rapidly outpacing the existing educational and training system’s ability to train students for tech sector jobs. Providing federal support for tech sector apprenticeships is a good way to support non-traditional paths into the industry. Supporting apprenticeship programs is also a good way to help students for whom college isn’t the right fit secure well-paid jobs even without a four-year degree.

jimK's Opinion
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08/28/2019
I think this is a great idea to help bridge the gap between high school and establishing one abilities in the trades. We place a lot of emphasis on higher ‘academic’ education and not enough on skilled tradespeople. I do have a couple of issues. First, why is it necessary to hire a 3rd party contractor to manage this program? It would seem that the DOL should manage the program directly and not setup a politically favored middleman who will just suck 35% administrative costs off the top of the funding. There seem to be a lot of lucrative positions, mostly is state and local government levels which are filled as political favors and they rarely even attempt to do a good job. I wouldn’t want to chance that happening here. Secondly, I agree that large employers do have the means and should support apprenticeship programs- so I would target apprenticeship programs needed to support needed infrastructure and green energy programs. Our Country’s future goals should include expanding efforts to upgrade the electrical grid and the increased fabrication, construction and installation of renewal energy solutions- so let’s make sure we have skilled tradespeople available to tackle these challenges.
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Ben's Opinion
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08/27/2019
Lets invest in our future, which starts with our children. Let’s give them a chance to stay competitive with other countries who are developing these industries. When we stop focusing on rejuvenating and helping the next generation, then we will fall behind. Help kids to understand the technology that will be coming and not take them completely out of the system. Give our kids a chance.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/27/2019
I support Gardner’s bill, we desperately need people trained in a trade all across the nation, college degrees are nice but their are shortages in technical jobs and we should encourage our young people to help fill these occupations. #MAGA
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Argument opposed

Expanding apprenticeships in the U.S. tech industry faces several challenges — including their steep cost, apprentices’ relatively narrow skill sets in comparison to college-educated workers, and doubts about their mainstream appeal. Given these headwinds, it may make more sense to invest federal dollars towards supporting existing educational routes, such as four-year colleges and vocational programs, instead of creating new apprenticeship programs.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/28/2019
Just pay interns. Give them living wages along with everyone else. If companies want better candidates, maybe they should pay taxes so we can fund public education.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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08/28/2019
Only if the grants would focus on Green Energy Technologies, such as those focused on by The Green New Deal.
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JTJ's Opinion
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08/28/2019
Tech companies can fund their own apprenticeship programs. This is not an appropriate use of our tax dollars. Stop finding ways to spend more money, cut spending and balance the budget.
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    I think this is a great idea to help bridge the gap between high school and establishing one abilities in the trades. We place a lot of emphasis on higher ‘academic’ education and not enough on skilled tradespeople. I do have a couple of issues. First, why is it necessary to hire a 3rd party contractor to manage this program? It would seem that the DOL should manage the program directly and not setup a politically favored middleman who will just suck 35% administrative costs off the top of the funding. There seem to be a lot of lucrative positions, mostly is state and local government levels which are filled as political favors and they rarely even attempt to do a good job. I wouldn’t want to chance that happening here. Secondly, I agree that large employers do have the means and should support apprenticeship programs- so I would target apprenticeship programs needed to support needed infrastructure and green energy programs. Our Country’s future goals should include expanding efforts to upgrade the electrical grid and the increased fabrication, construction and installation of renewal energy solutions- so let’s make sure we have skilled tradespeople available to tackle these challenges.
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    Just pay interns. Give them living wages along with everyone else. If companies want better candidates, maybe they should pay taxes so we can fund public education.
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    Lets invest in our future, which starts with our children. Let’s give them a chance to stay competitive with other countries who are developing these industries. When we stop focusing on rejuvenating and helping the next generation, then we will fall behind. Help kids to understand the technology that will be coming and not take them completely out of the system. Give our kids a chance.
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    I support Gardner’s bill, we desperately need people trained in a trade all across the nation, college degrees are nice but their are shortages in technical jobs and we should encourage our young people to help fill these occupations. #MAGA
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    We need to catch up with the rest of the world in tech
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    Only if the grants would focus on Green Energy Technologies, such as those focused on by The Green New Deal.
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    The tech sector desperately needs workers with computer skills. Trade schools have been given short shrift the past forty years with the push for everyone to go to a four year college. Go for it!
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    We need to do this for several reasons. One of which is the Germans have been using this model for years with very good results. Another reason is we are a nation with the incredible natural resource of highly motivated and talented people who just need a chance to grow. Finally as these talented people grow, they contribute to the worth of our great nation and we all grow together.
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    Tech companies can fund their own apprenticeship programs. This is not an appropriate use of our tax dollars. Stop finding ways to spend more money, cut spending and balance the budget.
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    It’s called enlisting in The Air Force or Navy for that! They both have all kinds of cool tech fields they will teach you! Army and marines too but that’s more ground combat!
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    After being in the Information Technology field for more than 40 years I agree that there is a real need for alternative paths of acquiring good technical talent! A good deal of talented technical people may not be able to take more formal education paths, so interning seems like a good resource gathering tool.
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    Yes. Colleges today are too big, too expensive and out of touch with reality of the business world.
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    Tech is such a high earner, I’m finding it hard to justify. How about finding education to produce quality applicants
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    Irregardless of this bill ..Cory Gardner needs to be voted out of office ASAP along with the entire corrupt criminal GOP.
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    It opens up the door to new opportunities for people seeking employment. End it gives an opportunity to those people seeking an education in their field of work
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    Apprenticeships are out there and working well without government subsidies. I do not know what the pay scale is for these Tech jobs, but give them a decent starting wage and you won’t need subsidies. Go to the schools starting in Jr. High or Middle School and demonstrate your occupation and let them know what classes they should take. We did this with the power company. But schools were sending their senior high students. When we told them classes they need to take, they said it is to late for them.
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    Support our colleges and schools, not elitist programs to shore up cozy tech relationships.
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    If they can give grants for colleges, then trade schools should be eligible for the same grants. Trades are very valuable for our economy and we have been neglecting it for way to long!
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    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 The tech sector’s need for employees is rapidly outpacing the existing educational and training system’s ability to train students for tech sector jobs. Providing federal support for tech sector apprenticeships is a good way to support non-traditional paths into the industry. Supporting apprenticeship programs is also a good way to help students for whom college isn’t the right fit secure well-paid jobs even without a four-year degree. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 8.28.19.....
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    What a great ideas,apprentice are the right candidates for perfect gift
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