The bill requires the department of labor and employment (department), in partnership with the business experiential-learning commission in the department, the office of economic development, the state work force development council, the departments of education and higher education, the state board for community colleges and occupational education, and area technical colleges, to provide incentives to eligible employers to create high-quality, work-based learning opportunities for adults and youth (incentive program).
The department is required to select at least 2 work-based learning intermediaries (intermediaries) to coordinate employers, schools, youth, and adults participating in the incentive program to establish work-based learning opportunities and select employers to participate in the incentive program.
The department shall provide monetary incentives to the selected intermediaries and employers for the implementation of work-based learning opportunities. The department is required to compile data concerning the incentive program and submit a report to the business committees of the senate and house of representatives during the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearings held each legislative session.
The office of future work in the department and its partners are required to create a digital navigation program and employ digital navigators to:
- Reach out to youth and adults who have been historically excluded or disengaged from work-based learning opportunities and connect them with available opportunities;
- Address digital inequities, including access to digital technology and computer skills training, cybersecurity, and affordable internet service;
- Refer youth and adults to career navigation services; and
- Provide a one-stop service that includes: Making referrals to work-based learning programs; facilitating enrollment in digital literacy classes, workshops, and upskilling and work-based learning opportunities; and assisting with digital skill development, job applications, and access to other benefits and services.
The office of new Americans in the department is required to:
- Convene an 18-month global talent task force to study the process for certain in-demand occupational licenses, look at international credentials, and take advantage of the global pool of skilled workers; and
- Provide tools for new Americans and English language learners to enter into work-based learning programs to improve language and skills development for specific occupations and careers.
The bill authorizes the executive director of the department to promulgate rules to implement the incentive program and the digital navigation program.
The general assembly is required to appropriate $6,100,000 to the department for the purposes of the bill.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)