Right Skills Now through State Apprenticeship Expansion would amplify Michigan program policy innovations recognized nationally, including: 1) state-level guidance from a Michigan Apprenticeship Advisory Board; 2) full engagement of regional and sector-based partners; 3) RAP reimbursements; 4) supportive services for participants; 5) regional Apprenticeship Success Coordinators in the Michigan Works! system; 6) the Apprenticeship Launch Network; 7) a step-by-step process to help underserved and underrepresented RAP participants succeed; and 8) a Michigan RAP Data Dashboard.
The House Committee on Education and Labor states: "The Registered Apprenticeship system is America's most successful federally authorized workforce development program. According to the (USDOL), 94% of people who complete RAs are employed upon completion, earning an average starting wage of above $70,000 annually." Therefore, Right Skills Now through State Apprenticeship Expansion would have a life-changing positive impact for participants and fill a critical gap in services for those in the ALICE population. Current programs cannot provide the needed level of training and supportive services, including childcare, transportation, housing and other critical needs to ensure success.