Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships

Postado Junho 20, 2017

The order will expand money spent for apprenticeship grants to nearly $200 million annually from $90 million, according to the political news website.

Thursday, President Trump announced an Executive Order that will expand opportunities for Americans to get on-the-job training through apprenticeship programs across industries, including the hospitality sector.

"There is a little bit of uncertainty", about how the order will be put into effect, said Scott, the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

"Apprenticeships create more affordable education and job training, especially for those Americans who want to work in the hospitality, restaurant and foodservice industry", NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said in the organization's news release.

Apprentices gather skills on the job while their employers pay for related courses and degrees at a nearby college. "Instead, apprentices earn while they learn".

Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) are set to re-introduce the Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprentice Programs, or LEAP Act.

The White House said Trump's push is aimed at training workers with specific skills for particular jobs that employers say they can't fill at a time of low unemployment. "They earn a credential at the end of the process and have all the skills they need to be a manager in the restaurant industry".

Trump is the 45th President of the United States. It would allow trade associations, labor unions, industry, and third-party training providers to create their own standards and criteria for apprenticeship programs, and then seek expedited approval from the Department of Labor.

Officials said the work would be done with a strategic use of available funds from the ApprenticeshipUSA program, which was funded at $90 million this year, and for which Trump has requested the same amount next year.

Under Trump's order, private industry would have more leeway but still have to register.

In order to achieve these goals, the president charges the Secretary of Labor-in consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Education-to consider proposing regulations "that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by third parties".

"The Obama administration said, 'Hey, it's a great model with great outcomes, let's expand it, '" said Eric Seleznow, who was the deputy assistant secretary to the Department of Labor during Obama's presidency.

The executive order, which was developed along with the Labor Department, will allocate more funding and create a task force of business leaders to promote the programs across new business sectors.

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

Is Trump actually expanding the apprenticeship program?

"And the president knows that apprenticeship programs offer the best way of reducing the skills gap", he said. Rather, it's about choice: offering multiple pathways to education and good jobs.

President Donald Trump applied his considerable branding ability to a key economic issue on Thursday.

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.

"The Secretaries of Defense, Labor, and Education, and the Attorney General, shall, in consultation with each other and consistent with applicable law, promote apprenticeships and pre apprenticeships for America's high school students and Job Corps participants, for persons now or formerly incarcerated, for persons not now attending high school or an accredited post-secondary educational institution, and for members of America's armed services and veterans", the executive order stated.