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Trump, working with Ivanka, to push expanded apprenticeship programs

Acilia Dean | 20 Giugno, 2017, 04:48

"Instead, apprentices earn while they learn". The order also doubles apprenticeship grant funding to $200 million by transferring allocations from existing job-training programs.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the nation needs a stronger system of apprenticeship to match workers with millions of open jobs.

"Use available funding to promote apprenticeships, focusing in particular on expanding access to and participation in apprenticeships among students at accredited secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, including community colleges; expanding the number of apprenticeships in sectors that do not now have sufficient apprenticeship opportunities; and expanding youth participation in apprenticeships". They typically involve a combination of mentorship while at work and classroom instruction, usually provided by a community college, over one to six years depending on the type of entrepreneurship.

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.

Roughly 505,000 people work in federally registered apprenticeships. The White House cites the fact that certified apprenticeship programs average a salary exceeding $60,000 per year and would provide a $300,000 increase in lifetime earnings for certified apprenticeship programs. As a result, critics say the process has helped keep employer participation relatively light - just 0.3 percent of the work force are apprentices.

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".

"These third parties may include trade and industry groups, companies, nonprofit organizations, unions, and joint labor-management organizations", the order said.

The calls to boost apprenticeship come after the White House proposed slashing the DOL's budget by 20 percent.

"What is the objective of this alternative system?"


The president said the on-the-job training and earn-as-you-learn programs would prepare students for many rewarding careers, including high-tech jobs operating state-of-the-art machinery. "Apprenticeship has some very clear standards".

We're joined today by apprentices who know first-hand how these programs can bring new hope and new opportunities.

Offering a federal tax credit for hiring new apprentices that are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency.

Trump will speak about the initiative from the White House at 11 a.m.

The Business Roundtable had a similar message.

She also said she was troubled by the president's proposed cuts in other areas that some apprentices rely on. President Trump can not claim to support American workers with apprenticeships when his budget tells a different story.

Trump had planned to sign the executive order on apprenticeships during a trip to the Labor Department on Wednesday, but that visit was canceled following the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. So we're going to let the industry put forth its proposals as to what should make up a high-quality apprenticeship program. Democrats have stressed the need to train Americans for the jobs that are available, and Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 opponent, made pushing apprenticeship programs a part of her campaign. The administration is seeking to broaden the use of such programs beyond manufacturing to other sectors, including health care and accounting, the official said.

Trump is ordering a review of the existing 43 workforce-development programs, which sprawl across 13 federal agencies and spend $16.7 billion annually.

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