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19 June 2017, 06:17 | Myron Mathis
Trump touts apprenticeship initiative, Durbin talks of job crisis
Then he signed an executive order asking the U.S. Labor Department to create a new set of rules streamlining the process companies go through to establish registered apprenticeship programs, which would greatly reduce government oversight.
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.
The administration did not mention any new money Thursday, but sources said it plans to announce an allocation of up to $200 million, which would be more than double the $90 million for apprenticeships in this year's federal budget.
Durbin and Chicago-area officials released a report by the University of Illinois-Chicago's Great Cities Institute that said that the US treasury will lose an estimated $9.5 billion in future tax revenue from current jobless people in Illinois who have no high school degree. The order creates a task force to recommend ways to promote apprenticeships and require all federal agencies to evaluate their training programs - one official said that was "43 separate work force programs that are spread across 13 agencies that total $16.7 billion a year" - and consider how to consolidate the programs. Trump's apprenticeship rollout, he said Thursday, will "place students into great jobs without the crippling debt" that often comes with it.
A senior White House official told reporters ahead of the signing that the executive order is centered on skill-based, flexible earn-and-learn programs. Former Republican president George H.W. Bush proposed a youth apprenticeship program in 1992, writing that "the time has come to strengthen the connection between the academic subjects taught in our schools and the demands of the modern, high-technology workplace" (Congress voted against it).
The administration says apprenticeships could match workers with the nation's estimated 6 million open jobs but he's reluctant to spend more taxpayer money on the effort.
Another complication: only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs.
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.
Currently, there are 9 million unemployed Americans, yet 5 million jobs remain unfilled as many companies struggle to find qualified workers to fill available jobs. "The Foundation has already begun working with the industry to develop and implement an apprenticeship program that provides the skills and training needed for career advancement across multiple management positions", stated Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. "If there are companies that don't want to do all the paperwork, I can do it", says Rebecca Lake, dean of workforce and economic development at the college. Democrats, backed by organized labor, support programs that will create more union jobs.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks during the daily. An 8,000 hour program, apprentices work on the job 40 hours per week and are required to attend school, during the regular school year, two nights a week for three hours each night.
On Thursday, Congresswoman Rosa Delauro released a statement regarding President Trump's executive order on apprenticeships.
President Trump also chaired a workforce roundtable at WCTC.
"I love the name apprentice", the president declared in Wisconsin.
He said one answer is teaching vocational skills, and he promised more about that Wednesday.
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