Trump touts apprenticeship initiative, Durbin talks of job crisis

The administration said Thursday that 90 percent of apprentices find employment upon completing their training programs and the average starting salary is $60,000. 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.

Despite many available job vacancies, millions of American workers do not have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century economy, the White House said in a fact sheet. Even the hardest-core skeptics of the Trump Administration must admit that this is a good idea and the most well-known boss and trainer of apprentices - Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton: "Wonder Woman" seems "right up my alley" Washington Post tops 1 billion page views in May OPINION: Sorry Newt, the right must tone down the vitriol too MORE - is certainly the man for the job.

"We will be removing federal restricting that have prevented many industries from creating apprenticeship programs", he said. 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.

Governor Scott Walker said that President Trump's visit to Wisconsin highlights alternative education to fill the skills gap in manufacturing jobs.

According to a senior White House official quoted by Politico, "The Department of Labor to date has been very prescriptive and very restrictive on the apprenticeship programs, but the Department of Labor is not an expert as to various individual sectors and what the qualifications are. And that's exactly what we're doing", said President Trump. The order is created to streamline apprenticeship training to give more certification responsibility to businesses rather than relying on the Department of Labor. Those programs would then be left to industry to design under broad standards from the Labor Department.

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. Cantwell said, "This bill kicks American apprenticeship into high gear by establishing the first ever national incentive for apprentice programs".

President Donald Trump will be touring a technical school in Wisconsin Tuesday as part of his push to boost jobs by increasing apprenticeships.

But this week, which the White House has dubbed "workforce development week", Trump expressed support for at least one workforce development initiative.

"He and his wife Tammy were forced onto Obamacare change in 2015, and like countless others they were shocked to learn that they couldn't keep their doctors, they couldn't keep their plan as promised", President Trump told reporters Tuesday.

Not many. Only about 500,000 people enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs in the United States, including an apprenticeship program run by the military. "Most apprenticeships are government certified".

"America must not only teach, but celebrate the skilled laborers that produce and maintain the world's greatest machines, buildings, products and infrastructure", said President Trump. The Department of Labor, they said, would still judge and approve the programs.

  • Larry Hoffman