Trump launches apprenticeship program, promises 'great,' 'high-paying' jobs

Danny Woods
June 19, 2017

The order directs the Department of Labor to create new rules allowing companies to create and certify their own programs, which will lessen the federal government's role in monitoring apprenticeships.

As of previous year, 505,000 people held apprenticeships in the USA, according to Department of Labor data. Enlarging the pool is an idea that has bipartisan support. "Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of four-year college degrees". "Those can be factors, but they don't have to be".

Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

Currently, there are 9 million unemployed Americans, yet 5 million jobs remain unfilled as many companies struggle to find qualified workers to fill available jobs.

President Trump signed an executive order from the White House Thursday promoting private apprenticeships as a way for individuals to learn skills that ultimately lead to full-time jobs.

Mr. Trump is calling on Congress to provide more funding - $200 million, according to the Associated Press - which would come from existing job training programs.

While a broad range of experts and industry groups praised the administration's focus on apprenticeships, some anxious about opening up the federal process to outside players.

Trump was originally expected to unveil his new initiative after a meeting at the Labor Department Wednesday.

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Roughly 505,000 people work in federally registered apprenticeships.

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". It has become a sponsor of registered apprenticeship programs offered by companies, meaning that it streamlines the process by doing all the administrative work. "We have regulations on top of regulations", Trump added. "He says he cares about workers, but in fact his budget actually takes away money and resources from the very program that train manufacturing workers, nurses, the programs that support our small businesses and that create and spur economic growth, especially in our small communities". "Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers".

The executive order is meant to improve industry flexibility and scale up the earn-as-you-learn job training program by allowing companies to tailor the guidelines to their own workforce needs. We don't want to talk too quickly.

Not many. Only about 500,000 people enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs in the U.S., including an apprenticeship program run by the military. "There needs to be a robust public work-force system that includes basic skills training", as well as access to child care and transportation help for people returning to work.

It's possible Trump could cut and even kill federal job-training programs-which aren't universally viewed as effective-while finding better ways to address the skills mismatch preventing workers who need jobs from filling jobs that are actually open. "Technical program grads also see a "$300,000 lifetime increase in earnings" and don't owe student loans, according to the administration.

Trump signed an executive order Thursday that aims to create a new channel of approval for apprenticeships.

The executive order also charges the Secretaries of Defense, Labor, and Education and the Attorney General to promote apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs for several groups including high school students, persons now or formerly incarcerated, and members of the country's armed forces and veterans. National Restaurant Association President Dawn Sweeney said in a statement provided to InsideSources.

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