President Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

Danny Woods
June 16, 2017

He said he recommended to the administration that all apprenticeships be registered, but Trump's order does not require it.

The White House officials emphasized that the president's apprenticeship program isn't a dig at university education.

"It's more like trying to steer a auto while holding off with one hand someone in the passenger seat who will grab at the wheel at every opportunity they get", Heye said.

Walker went on to endorse Trump for president and after Tuesday's technical college tour the president planned to host a $1,000 per-person fundraiser for Walker's re-election campaign.

The president toured a classroom full of tool-and-die machines that simulated a factory floor, accompanied by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, as his attorney general Jeff Sessions faced questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee on potential Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Trump's budget proposal allocates $90 million for grants to apprenticeships, but it slashes funding for current job training programs by $1.1 billion, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank.

President Donald Trump says he wants every high school in America to offer apprenticeship programs. "A November 2016 report by Obama's Commerce Department found that "apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States, especially" by employers, who tend to use apprentices for a few, hard-to -fill positions" but not as widely as they could.

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The budget calls for a 40 percent cut to the Labor Department's Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, which supports about 14 million job seekers annually and a year ago helped almost six million people find jobs.

Nowadays, she said, young people don't know about the path to make good money without a college degree.

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Dawn Sweeney, National Restaurant Association CEO and president, added that apprenticeship programs provide affordable education and job training for hospitality management.

The private sector and states - and thank you, Governor, for all that you're doing here - are taking initiative and partnering with schools such as this to create curriculums and apprenticeship programs that teach the skills in need of their companies and that are required to succeed in the modern economy.

"Scaling is the big issue", said Robert Lerman, a fellow at the Urban Institute.

Another complication: Only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs, Lerman said.

Trump's directive calls for shifting apprenticeship program certification from the U.S. Department of Labor to industry groups, which would have agency oversight.

Acosta said Monday that 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. Here's a round-up of the president's "special" day, as told by Twitter.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017. "We should measure success based on outcomes", Acosta said, acknowledging the dichotomy, "and not based simply on spending".

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Information for this article was contributed by Scott Bauer and Laurie Kellman of The Associated Press.

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