(a) The workforce board shall fund a non-trade apprenticeship incentive program for industries identified and approved by the board, including, but not limited to, fisheries. This program shall meet the standards of apprenticeship programs defined pursuant to § 28-45-9. The workforce board shall present the program to the state apprenticeship council, established pursuant to chapter 45 of title 28, for review and consideration.
(b) Program incentive. For each apprentice enrolled in a non-trade apprenticeship program subsequent to January 1, 2016, the workforce board shall establish a reimbursement incentive program, in accordance with the following provisions:
(1) The maximum amount that any one employer may receive for one or more apprentices within any twelve-month (12) period under the terms of this section is five thousand dollars ($5,000); and
(2) An employer shall not be eligible for the incentive reimbursement for an apprentice under the terms of this section until after the completion of the probationary period required pursuant to § 28-45-9(2)(viii).
(c) The non-trade apprenticeship incentive program shall be funded with generalrevenue through the workforce development services program of the department of labor and training.
(d) In order to fully implement the provisions of this section, the workforce board is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations in consultation with the state apprenticeship council. The rules and regulations shall include how industries are identified and approved for participation in the program created by this section.
SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001739 ========
BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T
RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – GOVERNOR'S WORKFORCE
BOARD RHODE ISLAND
This act would require the workforce board to fund a non-trade apprenticeship incentive program in fisheries.
This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001739 ========
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