The apprenticeship program is about right however before the house or senate do anything about changing the program here is a novel idea. How about both chambers hold what use to be call a committee meeting. This used to be where a committee in charge of a portion of the government like finance education and labor committees either had joint committee meetings or separate and guess what they actually had what used to be called EXPERT WITNESSES from both sides of the isles and they nonpartisanly ask serious questions about the subject to guess what TO HELP FORM A BETTER BILL BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WAS PRESENTED.
So in this case different types of businesses like manufacturing and like labor unions like plumbing and carpenters etc would be brought to explain what are their requirements. Groups like vocational education in high schools or community colleges could be brought in to explain what they are doing and the success rate. I graduated 52 years ago and I took vocational agriculture where I learned not only about farming but carpentry plumbing and welding but several other things. Today 52 years later I was helping do some welding and laid a perfect beaded weld. We also laid a base form for a concrete slab for a tower base. These are things I learned in vocational agriculture. There were females in this class. Most females took Home Economic class but male did too where they learned about budgets sewing ironing before permanent press clothing and other skills needed to live on your own or with a partner out of mommas basement. Those skills are lifetime skills not hardly taught today.
I have heard of some bigger high schools where they teach automotive repair and body work and even small engine repair. Some Vo-tech schools do the same. They take in work from the community like a lawnmower and they learn to repair it. The customer pays for the parts used and the labor is free. The only initial cost is the tools need to set up a shop and the teacher.
Businesses can set up apprenticeship programs in their own businesses where a company will take in someone like a scholarship program and the government will pay 100% of the salaries for say six weeks the 10% less each week thereafter and by the end of the training at 15 weeks the business has a trained person or they can graduate them with a certificate of competition so they can go elsewhere. Certain businesses might need longer to train some people because of the complexity of the job but that would be agreed to before they start.
Again have those committees meetings.