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The Apprentice: Trump Signs Executive Order Designed To Boost Apprenticeships

19 June 2017

Flanked by his daughter Ivanka Trump and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, both of whom have made the initiative a priority, the President said that the order helps businesses "place students into great jobs without crippling debt".

Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit that helps promote skills training and job opportunities for low-income people, supports apprenticeship programs that have the Labor Department's stamp of approval, says the group's president, Maria K. Flynn. The DOL would still give final approval but would take a faster, streamlined approach, under a new regulation directed by the EO.

President Trump also chaired a workforce roundtable at WCTC. But the proper pathway to escalating employer participation to levels seen in Europe is subject to debate.

"Scaling is the big issue", said Robert Lerman, a fellow at the Urban Institute.

Wacker, the giant German chemical company with a plant in Bradley County, Tenn., also cites its apprenticeship efforts as a way students can earn a wage and real-world experience while completing a two-year associate of applied science degree.

The Trump administration's position is in some ways a continuation of the Obama administration's effort to revive apprenticeships across industries. The executive order addresses the nation's "skills gap" that have left millions of open jobs unfilled.

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Companies can also set up non-registered apprenticeship programs, which many companies, such as Adobe, have done. Democrats, backed by organized labor, support programs that will create more union jobs. "He immediately excelled and by the end of his year long apprenticeship, Charles will be making more than $60,000 dollars a year and going up a lot higher than that".

The number of apprentices fell from 488,000 in 2003 to 285,000 in 2012.

"I want to challenge the assumption that the only way to move policy is to increase government spending", Acosta said at the White House news briefing Monday.

It provided federal funding for new types of apprenticeships and job training where local employers organize with community colleges and job training programs to identify the skills needed for nearby jobs.

The reality is that President Trump continues to favor the wealthy, corporations, and special interests over the American worker. The executive order doesn't refer to specific restrictions, but does order the Labor Department to create industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, which involves determining how third parties such as non-profit organizations and unions can provide recognition to apprenticeship programs. The department would then be required to expedite the process to approve or disapprove these proposals. There are retraining programs for veterans, dislocated workers, and older Americans - to name just a few. While models vary, apprenticeships generally combine technical instruction with on-the-job learning, typically lasting four years.

What's clear: Trump wants to make a big commitment to expand apprenticeship programs.

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The order comes in the midst of a week that the Trump Administration has deemed "workforce development week". "Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers".

The WIOA is a bipartisan job training bill signed into law in 2014.

America's education systems and workforce development programs are in need of reform. The proposed budget would have to be approved by Congress.

Employers that participate in a multi-employer apprenticeship program would qualify for a tax credit in the lessor amount of $3 per hour for each individual, or $5,000. "Your service population is reduced, especially among the dislocated workers". Joni Ernst, R-Iowa in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said Trump is pulling a "bait and switch" by claiming he cares about workers while cutting resources to train them. "Whether it's prison-to-work or whether it's welfare to work, it requires intensity".

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The Apprentice: Trump Signs Executive Order Designed To Boost Apprenticeships