H.R. 3949 would ease the approval process for on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs under the GI Bill. Specifically, the bill allows an apprenticeship to be approved in a state where its headquarters are located and allow this approval to apply to other states, eliminating the need for employers to seek approval in each state. The bill also removes the requirements for a signature from both the veteran and the employer/apprenticeship program certifying the veteran’s apprenticeship hours.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 22, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on November 7, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act or the VALOR Act
(Sec. 2) This bill provides that the state approving agency for a multi-state non-federal apprenticeship program is: (1) for program approval purposes, the state approving agency for the state in which the headquarters of the apprenticeship program is located; and (2) for all other purposes, the state approving agency for the state in which the apprenticeship program takes place.
(Sec. 3) The bill eliminates the requirement that the veteran or other eligible person enrolled in an apprenticeship or other on-job training program must certify such person's program attendance to receive a training assistance allowance.