ATU International President and ITLC Board Co-chair, John Costa, to Serve on Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

Posted October 2021

On September 20, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointment of 29 members who will serve on the newly reinstated Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. These members, including Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President and ITLC Board co-chair John Costa, will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to Registered Apprenticeship, promote greater awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship, foster increased alignment between apprenticeship opportunities and workforce and education systems, expand apprenticeship into new industries and occupations and ensure equity for under-represented populations.

ITLC spearheaded the nomination of ATU International President John A. Costa to serve on this committee due to the support he has demonstrated for apprenticeships for frontline transit occupations. International President Costa has first-hand experience as an apprentice early in his career and has used his current position and influence to work towards making apprenticeship the standard for his members in frontline public transportation occupations.

Members of the committee serve two-year terms, representing employers, labor management organizations, community colleges and other institutions.

Read the full press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The National Infrastructure Advisory Committee Releases Report on Workforce and Talent Management

On October 1, we reported that The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) completed a report on Workforce and Talent Management. We are pleased to announce that the full Commission approved the report and it has now been released to the public. 

Council Vice Chair Dr. Beverly Scott speaks about worker readiness as a key infrastructure concern.



The report provides near-term recommendations related to trends that require immediate policy intervention and two to three mid- and long-term recommendations to guide future policy development, as well as examples of policies and programs that have been particularly effective. Jack Clark, Executive Director of ITLC, served on the study group for the report and assisted in its development. Dr. Beverly Scott serves as the Council Vice Chair of the NIAC. 

Read the fact sheet.

Read the full report.

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