Washington, D.C. — A new video, released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), highlights the role of expanded apprenticeships as an accessible path to work and prosperity.
Occupational licensing requirements frequently act as barriers for individuals seeking work. In Connecticut, cosmetology students are required to undergo 1,500 hours of education and pay expensive fees to gain a license, making the license out of reach for many, including low-income workers. Expanded apprenticeships offer an alternative that expedites the requirement process by giving individuals hands-on training without the excessive fees.
The video showcases Kim Thibeau, owner of the Me’lange The Salon in Niantic, who advocated for an expanded apprenticeship program that includes cosmetology. Working with local high school counselors and students, Kim realized the need for alternative pathways to work for the next generation of hair dressers. With her help and the leadership of State Senator Paul Formica, an expanded apprenticeship program that includes cosmetology was signed into law in 2017.
“Apprenticeships offer an opportunity for individuals to pursue training in their chosen vocation while earning a living at the same time—and business owners like Kim Thibeau are willing to invest in apprentices, knowing that the investment will benefit their business, as well,” said Jared Meyer, FGA senior policy fellow. “It’s a win-win.
The full video can be viewed here.
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.