The Percy Plan, also known as the Alternative Employment Practice, is a solution to the failed employment practices of today, which have done little to give workers the skills, training and jobs that lead to productive careers.
The Percy Plan works where other programs have failed because it delivers training while a worker is on-the-job, earning a livable wage and working under a skilled journeyman. Why does this matter?
- Too often job training takes place without a job. Workers are trained, but never get a job and their training becomes outdated.
- Employers want experienced workers, so those who have a job already get hired, but those with no work experience remain unemployed. By receiving on-the-job training, workers get training and experience at the same time.
- Workers receiving only training have no way to support themselves, their families or their dignity. Without an income it is difficult to remain in a training program. The Percy Plan ensures a livable wage and keeps workers on the path to career development in a dignified way.
Today the Percy Plan focuses on an expanding list of occupations that are necessary and in-demand. Work processes have been approved for on-the-job training and related classroom instruction for skilled occupations: carpenter, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, plumber, steam fitter, mason, steelworker, roofer, operating engineer, electrician, and skilled laborer. In development are personal care, health care workers, nurse aide, activity director, dining services, environmental services, home health aide, rehabilitative aide, medication aide, hospital maintenance worker, emergency medical technician, firefighters and other first responders, the list is virtually unlimited and supported by the Library of the United States Department of Labor and the Library of Congress
Who Will Pay For It?
The Percy Plan requires no taxpayer money. Yet it will create many more taxpayers because it brings new talent into the workforce. All construction projects have insurance coverage that includes safety training. Proper safety training means that workers know how to do their jobs properly and safely. When training is done correctly, injuries are reduced.
- Reductions in injuries more than cover on-the-job apprenticeship training.
- No taxpayer monies required.