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Trump orders more cash, industry input, for apprenticeships

15 June 2017

President Donald Trump shares a laugh with (clockwise from left) Ms.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Vice President Mike Pence on.

The assistant to the president says the administration will be focused on several areas of the job sector, and will announce new programs involving apprenticeships and federal job training. Apprenticeships are an underused form of workforce training in the United States, compared with European countries, the newspaper said.

"We're empowering these companies, these unions ... to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens ..." It will also provide more funding and create a task force of business leaders to help promote the programs across new sectors, as well as assess the effectiveness of the job-training programs now in place.

"We're training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs", Trump said at a White House ceremony.

Ivanka will be leading this week's events which will include a major policy speech by President Trump.

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Apprenticeship programs are typically partnerships between a school and an employer that the federal or state governments certify.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said Wednesday, responding to the shooting.

Participants get on-the-job training while going to school, sometimes with companies footing the bill. Of the 146 million jobs in the United States, about 0.35 percent - or slightly more than a half-million - were filled by active apprentices in 2016.

Apprenticeships are few and far between. Filling millions more jobs through apprenticeships would require the government to massively ramp up its efforts.

The order, developed with the help of the Department of Labor, will give businesses, trade unions and other third parties more flexibility to develop "high-quality" technical education programs that could be eligible for expedited review by the Department of Labor, according to an administration official.

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Another complication: only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs. Fewer than 50,000 people including 11,104 in the military_completed their apprenticeships in 2016, according to Labor Department.

The Trump administration has yet to spell out how it would close the completion gap.

Susan Helper, former chief economist at the Commerce Department, said it would likely require more than $90 million a year to cover administrative costs of increasing the number of apprentices. "This is an opportunity for everyone", Acosta said.

"I want to challenge the assumption that the only way to move policy is to increase government spending", Acosta said at the Monday White House news briefing. There also are questions about oversight of apprenticeship programs that begin and operate nearly completely under the control of the company.

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