Apprenticeship Initiative

Latest Executive Order focuses on job training

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday—the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Initiatives—an effort he says will bolster American manufacturing job training and close the skills gap. The program is designed to emphasize on-the-job training, where workers being introduced to the workforce can get paid immediately as they learn specific skill sets. Video of the announcement an signing can be viewed below, courtesy of YouTube. Here is an excerpt from the speech given prior to signing the executive order:

“In just a few moments, I’ll be signing an executive order to expand apprenticeships and vocational training to help all Americans find a rewarding career, earn a great living, and support themselves and their families, and love going to work in the morning.

We will be removing federal restrictions that have prevented many different industries from creating apprenticeship programs.  We have regulations on top of regulations.  And in history, nobody has gotten rid of so many regulations at the Trump administration.  And that’s one of the reasons that you see the jobs and the companies all kicking in so strongly.  I think some very good numbers are going to be announced, by the way, in the very near future as to GDP.

So we’re empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens.  Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees.  Instead, apprentices earn while they learn — which is an expression we’re using:  Earn while you learn.”

The program aims to keep jobs in the U.S. and initiate training programs. While centered around traditional manufacturing realms such as the coal and steel industries, another area of emphasis is expected to be rebuilding infrastructure, with Mr. Trump referencing “roads and bridges” as part of the apprenticeship initiative. The White House is expected to release its long-anticipated infrastructure budget in the near future. The new administration wants to expand the program’s budget to about $200 million, roughly twice its existing level, by redirecting other money from the Labor Department, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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