IPC Supports Apprenticeships and Jobs

By Julie Desisto, coordinator, government relations

IPC recently offered a letter of support for the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act (S.1352), which was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

As a leader in standards, training and certification, IPC puts a high priority on workforce development initiatives which prepare workers to fill highly skilled manufacturing jobs.

Many IPC members have expressed concerns about the chronic shortage of U.S. workers with the necessary skills to fill electronics manufacturing positions. The Apprenticeships and Jobs Training Act aims to address this concern by:

  • Creating a $5,000 tax credit for companies that hire and pay employees enrolled in a federal-or-state-registered apprenticeship program;
  • Allowing senior employees nearing retirement to draw from pensions early if they are involved in mentoring or training of new employees; and
  • Expediting the process that allows veterans to obtain skilled jobs that match their military experience. 

IPC’s GR team will continue to promote this bill and other legislation that addresses the skills gap and supports our membership.

For more information on the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act, read our latest blog here.