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, including apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and youth
13     apprenticeship;
14          ▸     modifies the responsibilities of the Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs; and
15          ▸     makes technical changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          35A-6-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 224
23          35A-6-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 365

25     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26          Section 1. Section 35A-6-102 is amended to read:
27          35A-6-102. Definitions.
28          As used in this chapter and in Title 34, Labor in General:

29          (1) "Apprentice" means an individual who has entered into:
30          (a) a written agreement approved by the Office of Apprenticeship with an employer or
31     the employer's agent, an association of employers, an organization of employees, or a joint
32     committee representing employers and employees;
33          (b) an apprenticeship that meets Office of Apprenticeship standards; or
34          (c) an apprenticeship that can be completed at no charge to the participant where the
35     participant learns and works with registered standards to learn a set of skills that result in the
36     participant qualifying for a state license or certification or earning industry recognized
37     credentials at the completion of the apprenticeship.
38          (2) "Apprenticeship" means an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where
39     employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid
40     work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.
41          [(2)] (3) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs
42     described in Section 35A-6-105.
43          [(3)] (4) "Office of Apprenticeship" means the federal agency designated by the United
44     States Department of Labor to oversee apprenticeship programs.
45          (5) "Pre-apprenticeship" means a program or set of strategies that is designed to
46     prepare individuals to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship program with registered
47     standards.
48          (6) "Youth apprenticeship" means a program or set of strategies that combines
49     academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through an apprenticeship
50     program and which provides the foundation for youth in high school to choose among multiple
51     pathways, including enrolling in college, beginning full-time employment, or a combination of
52     college and employment.
53          Section 2. Section 35A-6-105 is amended to read:
54          35A-6-105. Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs.
55          (1) There is created the position of Commissioner of Apprenticeship Programs within

56     the department.
57          (2) The commissioner shall be appointed by the executive director and chosen from
58     one or more recommendations provided by a majority vote of the State Workforce
59     Development Board.
60          (3) The commissioner may be terminated without cause by the executive director.
61          (4) The commissioner shall:
62          (a) promote and educate the public, including high school guidance counselors and
63     potential participants in apprenticeship programs, about apprenticeship [programs], youth
64     apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship programs offered in the state, including apprenticeship
65     [programs], youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship programs offered by private sector
66     businesses, trade groups, labor unions, partnerships with educational institutions, and other
67     associations in the state;
68          (b) coordinate with the department and other stakeholders, including union and
69     nonunion apprenticeship programs, the Office of Apprenticeship, the State Board of Education,
70     the Utah system of higher education, the Department of Commerce, the Division of
71     Occupational and Professional Licensing, and the Governor's Office of Economic Development
72     to improve and promote apprenticeship opportunities in the state; and
73          (c) provide an annual written report to:
74          (i) the department for inclusion in the department's annual written report described in
75     Section 35A-1-109;
76          (ii) the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee;
77     and
78          (iii) the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
79          (5) The annual written report described in Subsection (4)(c) shall provide information
80     concerning:
81          (a) the number of available apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and
82     pre-apprenticeship programs in the state;

83          (b) the number of [apprentices participating] apprentice participants in each program;
84          (c) the completion rate of each program;
85          (d) the cost of state funding for each program; and
86          (e) recommendations for improving apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and
87     pre-apprenticeship programs.