Chief Sponsor: Mike Winder

Senate Sponsor: Karen Mayne


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions of the Apprenticeship Act.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     creates the position of Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs within the
14     Department of Workforce Services;
15          ▸     describes the duties of the commissioner; and
16          ▸     makes technical changes.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          35A-6-102, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
24     ENACTS:
25          35A-6-105, Utah Code Annotated 1953

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28          Section 1. Section 35A-6-102 is amended to read:

29          35A-6-102. Definitions.
30          As used in this chapter and in Title 34, Labor in General:
31          (1) "Apprentice" means an individual [at least 16 years of age] who has entered into:
32          (a) a written agreement approved by the [Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training]
33     Office of Apprenticeship with an employer or the employer's agent, an association of
34     employers, an organization of employees, or a joint committee representing employers and
35     employees; [or]
36          (b) an apprenticeship that meets [Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Standards.]
37     Office of Apprenticeship standards; or
38          (c) an apprenticeship that can be completed at no charge to the participant where the
39     participant learns and works with registered standards to learn a set of skills that result in the
40     participant qualifying for a state license or certification or earning industry recognized
41     credentials at the completion of the apprenticeship.
42          (2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs described
43     in Section 35A-6-105.
44          [(2)] (3) ["Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training"] "Office of Apprenticeship" means
45     the federal agency designated by the United States Department of Labor to oversee
46     apprenticeship programs.
47          Section 2. Section 35A-6-105 is enacted to read:
48          35A-6-105. Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs.
49          (1) There is created the position of Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs within
50     the department.
51          (2) The commissioner shall be appointed by the executive director and chosen from
52     one or more recommendations provided by a majority vote of the State Workforce
53     Development Board.
54          (3) The commissioner may be terminated without cause by the executive director.
55          (4) The commissioner shall:

56          (a) promote and educate the public, including high school guidance counselors and
57     potential participants in apprenticeship programs, about apprenticeship programs offered in the
58     state, including apprenticeship programs offered by private sector businesses, trade groups,
59     labor unions, partnerships with educational institutions, and other associations in the state;
60          (b) coordinate with the department and other stakeholders, including the Utah System
61     of Technical Colleges, union and nonunion apprenticeship programs, the Office of
62     Apprenticeship, the State Board of Education, the Utah System of Higher Education, the
63     Department of Commerce, the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, and the
64     Governor's Office of Economic Development to improve and promote apprenticeship
65     opportunities in the state; and
66          (c) provide an annual written report to:
67          (i) the department for inclusion in the department's annual written report described in
68     Section 35A-1-109;
69          (ii) the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee;
70     and
71          (iii) the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
72          (5) The annual written report described in Subsection (4)(c) shall provide information
73     concerning:
74          (a) the number of available apprenticeship programs in the state;
75          (b) the number of apprentices participating in each program;
76          (c) the completion rate of each program;
77          (d) the cost of state funding for each program; and
78          (e) recommendations for improving apprenticeship programs.