WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – cosponsored the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act to provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sector. It would also alleviate the skills gap that may slow the continued growth of the technology sector.
“Nearly every conversation I have with business owners across Kansas leads to a discussion about their need for workers who are trained and motivated to take tech-related jobs,” said Sen. Moran. “This bipartisan legislation will help give industry leaders the resources they need to create tech apprenticeships, attract talent and connect American workers with meaningful, good-paying jobs.”
Now more than ever before, the U.S. economy is dependent on the technology industry to create jobs and expand economic growth. According to CompTIA, in 2017 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1.5 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 11.5 million workers and added more than 200,000 new jobs. Despite these impressive numbers, during any given 90-day period, there can be more than 500,000 tech job openings nationwide.
Full text of the legislation can be found here.
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