How Trump's Executive Order Would Undermine Quality Apprenticeship

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 executive order also charges the Secretaries of Defense, Labor, and Education and the Attorney General to promote apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs for several groups including high school students, persons now or formerly incarcerated, and members of the country's armed forces and veterans.

The official said new Labor Department grants could be used to grow apprenticeship programs in community colleges and high schools and expand them to industries beyond the trades, such as agriculture and engineering.

"Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees", Trump said at the White House event.

"We have regulations on top of regulations", Trump said Thursday.

However, the most recent budget for the federal government passed with about $90 million for apprenticeships, and Trump so far isn't proposing to add more. "The funding for apprenticeship programs should come from existing job-training funds, as well as from college aid".

Companies have long complained that they can't find trained people to fill highly technical jobs, and apprenticeship programs have sprung up around the country.

"Our program will be geared toward all industries and all jobs", Acosta said during a White House press briefing Monday.

President Trump's budget, he's proposed a 40 percent cut in job training. He says he expects the U.S. Senate to approve a "really good" solution in the near future. "American companies want to hire".

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday during a visit to Wisconsin that he and Gov. Scott Walker were negotiating to bring a "major, incredible manufacturer" to the state. The associations will identify at least 450 apprentices for training.

"The Obama administration said, 'Hey, it's a great model with great outcomes, let's expand it, '" said Eric Seleznow, who was the deputy assistant secretary to the Department of Labor during Obama's presidency.

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job experience with paid classroom instruction that can last from two to six years.

"There's going to be a big price to pay for companies that want to leave, fire their workers, build a plant outside of this country, and think they're going to sell their product right back into the United States".

Trump is actually borrowing from President Obama by calling for better training for workers, though Trump, of course, can claim special affection for the persona of the apprentice. Of the 146 million jobs in the United States, about 0.35% - or slightly more than a half-million - were filled by active apprentices in 2016.

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. We can not allow the American people to be scammed by organizations that rake in million dollars in profit from vulnerable students and give them a shoddy education in return.

The president toured a classroom full of tool-and-die machines that simulated a factory floor, accompanied by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, as his attorney general Jeff Sessions faced questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee on potential Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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