A bill that 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson supported in the Senate is now law.
The Work Based Learning Act, sponsored in the Senate by Wilkinson, was signed into law earlier this week at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton.
The bill will change the provisions of and rename the Youth Apprenticeship Program to the work based learning program.
Senate officials say in a press release that the bill recognizes that employers can play an active role in shaping the quality of their future work force and further encourages participation by students and expands opportunity for employer participation.
Officials say the work based learning program may include employability skill development, cooperative education internships and youth apprenticeships.
Wilkinson says that as Georgia continues to equip businesses with a prepared work force, the work based learning program strives to ease hour requirements on students to encourage participation in the program.
He also says that the measure will prepare the state’s students for the workforce and allow employers to select from a wide pool of knowledgeable workers throughout the state.
The Work Based Learning Act will go into effect July 1, 2014.