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Donald Trump Signs Order Seeking to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

20 June 2017, 09:25 | Myron Mathis

Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

President Donald Trump attends a Cabinet meeting Monday

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to streamline and expand industry apprenticeship programs, similar to the one created earlier this year for the restaurant industry. Here are the details. "His proposed increase to the apprenticeship program is not enough, and the cuts in other parts of the Department of Labor programs undermine his goal". Other days you would be in the restaurant, receiving on-the-job training from a current restaurant manager, allowing you to hone your skills well before graduation day.

So-called industry-certified apprenticeship programs would undermine quality apprenticeshipsUndermines the definition of apprenticeship. Filling millions more jobs through apprenticeships would require the government to massively ramp up its efforts.

Does anyone think apprenticeships are a bad idea?

Another successful model is the state-run Apprenticeship Carolina program in SC, which serves as an intermediary between businesses, workers and educational institutions. Trump's apprenticeship rollout, he said Thursday, will "place students into great jobs without the crippling debt" that often comes with it.

Registered apprenticeship programs are an efficient way to ensure the needs of employers are matched with employee skills. The Labor Department will also be responsible for approving the apprenticeship programs once they start getting proposed. The White House worked with Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott on the initiative, highlighting it as a "truly bipartisan issue".

In addition, the executive order directs the Secretary of Labor, in conjunction with the secretaries of Commerce and Education, to establish an Excellence in Apprenticeship Program within two years of the date of the order.

"We're here today to celebrate the dignity of work", Trump said before signing the order. That's only about 0.3% of the total USA labor force, which according to a 2014 report, is much less than the share apprentices make up of the labor forces of, for example, Canada (2.2%), Britain (2.7%), Australia, and Germany (3.7% each).

Many businesses leaders remain skeptical of the preparation that prospective apprentices receive from public high schools and community colleges. They are paid for their work, but at a lower rate to reflect the fact that they are still in training.

In the United States, the apprenticeship model is most commonly used in the electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and construction professions.

While a broad range of experts and industry groups praised the administration's focus on apprenticeships, some anxious about opening up the federal process to outside players.

"I guarantee Democrats would vote for that", he said last week at a summit in Washington.

Eric M. Seleznow, a senior advisor at the nonprofit Jobs for the Future (which has a new Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning), says he is "happy to see the momentum on apprenticeships continue". "There's a belief that parents won't accept it".

McCarthy said possible problems with relaxing and outsourcing federal standards for apprenticeships include confusion, fragmentation and potentially registering programs that are too short term or that fail to yield portable credentials.

Not according to his budget.

Then what does Thursday's executive order do?

President Donald Trump is ordering more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.

Depends who you ask. 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.

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