IL Rep. Mary Flowers introduced bill HB5062 to promote the funding of pre-apprenticeship programs, like Manufacturing Connect, into 12 communities throughout the state. The bill has now been sent to the Elementary and Secondary Education Curriculum and Policy Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives. It is scheduled for a hearing on April 10.
To support the bill follow the link http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/110554?committeeHearingId=15692&LegislationId=110554&LegislationDocumentId=139912
Why is it important?
Illinois Manufacturing Association projects IL will have over 160,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in the next decade
Increasing gap between available skilled workers and available jobs — due to economic expansion and retiring baby-boomers
What Are the Potential Benefits?
Connecting education and industry will create a young talented pipeline
Manufacturing sector will grow
Investment in manufacturing sector increases people’s discretionary spending, generates more tax revenue and creates a middle-class
Anecdotal evidence that high-paying jobs reduces violence
To read the bill presented press here.