What you should know about apprenticeships, Trump's answer to the skills gap

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

President Trump continued his administration's efforts to put the American worker at the forefront of his agenda, by signing an executive order to help expand apprenticeships and vocational programs across the US on Thursday.

The order reduces the United States government's role in starting and monitoring apprenticeship programs, Politico reported. He is calling on Congress to commit $100 million in new money to the initiative, and expand the allowable uses of student financial aid so students can use the support for "earn while you learn" programs.

In a briefing for reporters before the signing, two senior White House officials said that the president's order will create a new way of getting apprenticeships approved. The order creates a task force to recommend ways to promote apprenticeships and require all federal agencies to evaluate their training programs - one official said that was "43 separate work force programs that are spread across 13 agencies that total $16.7 billion a year" - and consider how to consolidate the programs.

Americans are loath to abandon the dream of seeing their kids graduate from college, even if an apprenticeship is more likely to lead to a well-paying job than a four-year liberal-arts degree. Instead, apprentices earn while they learn, which is an expression we're using - earn while you learn.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he's signing an executive order to roll back regulations that prevent certain industries from creating apprenticeship programs.

Chris Lu, who served as a deputy secretary of labor under President Barack Obama, tweeted that the executive order "will remove gov't oversight of apprenticeship standards, which will reduce quality". In addition, they receive little or no federal subsidies for their apprenticeship programs.

Trump seems to be sending some mixed signals when it comes to job training.

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President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that called for expanding apprenticeships to improve worker training in the United States Thursday. Trump wants apprenticeships to increase by 10 times to 5 million under his administration.

During a round table conversation at the technical college, Trump said he wants every high school in America to offer apprenticeship programs.

The new executive order directs the Department of Labor to "use available funding to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeships are not now widespread".

Scott Walker flew to Japan for the weekend of June 2 but he and economic development leaders wouldn't say why.

Acosta said the policy would revolve around encouraging more partnerships between business and schools rather than increasing the $90 million the federal government now devotes to apprenticeships. There, he promoted apprenticeships, alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He said millions of people have been victimized by the health care bill from the Obama administration and will benefit from the Republican replacement, the American Health Care Act.

Ivanka Trump has been an adamant proponent for workforce issues like paid family leave.

But the NRA is responsible for one of the relatively few existing apprenticeship programs and past year, the organization's educational foundation was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Labor to create the first ever federally registered hospitality sector apprenticeship program.

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