Reps. Schneider, Yoho Introduce Bill to Provide On-the-Job Skills Training for Veterans
Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) today introduced the GI Internship Program Act (HR 758) to create a new internship option for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
The new program would offer veterans the option to receive their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit as a stipend to complete a career transition internship with a qualifying business. The bill requires special consideration be paid to sectors most affected by the economy’s growing skills gap, such as manufacturing and small business.
“Since 1944, our country has offered educational opportunities to returning veterans transitioning to civilian life, but some skills are best learned in person rather than in the classroom,” said Schneider. “The GI Internship Program Act expands the choices available to veterans by creating an on-the-job training program to gain valuable skills and experience. Matching veterans with businesses is a win-win that helps bridge the skills gap and expand employment opportunities for those who served.”
“This bill is a common sense piece of legislation that affords veterans the opportunity to use their G.I. benefits to best suit their needs,” said Yoho. “By allowing our veterans to match their earned benefits to their skills - in an apprenticeship program - will help facilitate their transition to civilian life sooner. We should do all we can in Congress to help those who have helped defend our nation.”
Through rigorous accountability and reporting requirements, the GI Internship Program Act ensures the participating veterans and businesses get the most out of the program. The bill requires veterans to work at least 35 hours per week for between six months and a year. Participating businesses must impart valuable training and experience, and verify a reasonable expectation of hiring the participating veterans upon completion of their internships.