Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap


Trump said he will remove federal restrictions that have prevented industries from creating apprenticeship programmes.

Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA. Although the labor force participation is at Jimmy Carter-era lows, that can change if we equip young Americans with the skills they need to fill high-paying jobs that are now sitting vacant or being filled with imported talent.

Earlier this year, Trump accepted a challenge to create 5 million new apprenticeships, according to the news outlet. It directs the Commerce and Labor Secretaries to promote apprenticeships among business leaders in various and critical industry sectors, including cybersecurity, health care, infrastructure, and manufacturing while the Education Secretary is directed to support community colleges and two- and four-year higher education institutions as they incorporate apprenticeship programs into their curricula. Instead, apprentices earn while they learn, which is an expression we're using - earn while you learn.

This, despite the fact that while on the campaign trail, Walker once said that President Trump would be an "apprentice in the White House". "We need to make sure the programs under the executive order can be measured for quality", he said. A multi-employer program is one in which multiple employers are required to contribute and that is maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements. Ivanka Trump makes the case that companies like "IBM, Amazon and Dow Chemical" are working with schools to train our future workforce with skills that will help them get excellent jobs.

White House officials say they are seeking bipartisan support for their job-training initiative, a different tack than Trump has used in trying to push through marquee legislation on health care and tax reform. "It was looking at all these workforce investment programs, even welfare reform, and he said give more power to the states", Walker said.

It did not take long for President Trump to get to business upon his arrival in Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon.

Critics say Trump can't be promoting apprenticeships while he proposes cutting federal job training funding by as much as 40 percent — from $2.7 billion to $1.6 billion.

Apprenticeship includes paid classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and provides participants with licenses in order to practice certain professions.

Apprenticeships and job training, by contrast, generate nearly no partisan bickering, and mainstream economists generally approve.

NPR reports that now there are more than 6 million jobs open in the US that could benefit from an apprenticeship, but only a mere 500,000 such apprenticeships now exist.

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

Despite the president's focus on the importance of job training and putting people back to work, he has proposed steep cuts in federal work-force programs, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, a collection of programs that help job seekers find work, education, and training. Apprenticeship and job training programs have been viewed by some as a potential way to address the problem. He said he recommended to the administration that all apprenticeships be registered, but Trump's order does not require it.

"We're here to celebrate the dignity of work", Trump said before the signing. "The goals of this program will be met with the broader Apprenticeship program", the budget notes.

Wisconsin DPI Superintendent Tony Evers has called on Congress to reject Trump's proposal, saying it would hurt Wisconsin students.