Trump wants apprenticeships in all high schools

The nation now has about 500,000 apprenticeships, which make up less than 1 percent of all jobs.

Administration officials said there are unique training requirements for each industry, and the private sector could be better positioned than the DOL to develop industry-specific apprenticeship programs.

President Trump made a mint as the longtime host of "The Apprentice" and later "Celebrity Apprentice" - and on Tuesday he signed an order that will boost funding and cut red tape to expand a popular federal apprenticeship program.

"So I do welcome a streamlining of the approach to getting companies to adopt apprenticeship", said Lerman, who spoke before text of the EO was released.

Prior to the event on apprenticeships, Trump joined with four people he described as "victims" of President Barack Obama's health care law on an airport tarmac in Milwaukee. "Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of four-year college degrees. We support the president's challenge and look forward to partnering with government at every level as we work together to rebuild the pipeline that generates top talent", Wes Bush, the chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation and chair of the Business Roundtable's Education and Workforce Committee, said in a written statement. Apprenticeships that are already certified by the Labor Department would not change.

From putting Americans at risk at Trump University, to putting forward a budget that attacks almost every facet of life for working families, President Trump is not living up to his promises on the campaign trail.

George Brooks, leader of People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, applauds the decision to focus on apprenticeships. In addition, it will expand access to apprenticeship programs to high schools and other entities, and most importantly, will double funding for apprenticeship programs, providing even more opportunities for all Americans to find a fulfilling career.

He added, "We're empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups and federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships".

UPDATED Trump's desire to pare back regulations that stand in the way of creating new apprenticeships anxious some lawmakers.

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.

Instead, apprentices earn while they learn - which is an expression we're using: "Earn while you learn", Trump said. Trump wants apprenticeships to increase by 10 times to 5 million under his administration. Since 2007, more than 25,000 SC workers have completed apprenticeships; the number of companies participating in the program has increased from 90 to 880.

Filling millions more jobs through apprenticeships would require the government to massively ramp up its efforts. And we want to train people and hire American workers to fill those jobs.

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

Another complication: only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs.

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.

She also said she was troubled by the president's proposed cuts in other areas that some apprentices rely on.

  • Zachary Reyes