Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

Posted June 16, 2017

Appearing on Fox and Friends Monday morning, White House special advisor and former business woman Ivanka Trump laid out the Trump administration's goals to fill six million job vacancies in states across the country.

Acosta said the new initiative will aim to foster "private-private" partnerships between employers and educational institutions such as community colleges, so that American workers can gain the skills they need without accumulating massive debt.

While Mr. Trump provided few details at the White House announcement on when the programs would be rolled out or how they would provide training.

"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", Trump said from the White House Thursday. "And the American worker sees what's happening in MI and in OH and in a lot of places that we've had a huge impact on".

"We're looking to push apprenticeships across the board".

Trump is directing the government to review and streamline some 43 workforce programs across 13 agencies.

That's where apprenticeship comes in.

Under Trump's order, private industry would have more flexibility and be eligible for registration by the Labor Department.

On Monday, Trump and his elder daughter Ivanka kicked off what the White House is calling "workforce development week", during which the administration will promote job training programs and new policies that it says would make it easier for businesses to create and expand apprenticeship programs.

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Flanked by workers now in apprenticeship programs and governors supporting the administration's efforts, Mr. Trump signed the order, ignoring reporters' shouted questions about whether he was under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"We're concerned about the unregistered programs", Scott said. The executive order would leave it to industry to design apprenticeships under broad standards to be set by the Labor Department.

There are about 500,000 apprenticeship positions in the USA, representing less than a percentage of the US workforce.

"As we train the next generation to do their jobs, all of us here have to do our jobs, we have to join forces and hands and join together to restore american dream for all of our people", added Mr. Trump.

"There are 6 million available American jobs".

Eric Haban, 35, started as a youth apprentice as a junior in high school and then completed a four-year program at Lakeshore Technical College, located in between Sheboygan and Manitowoc.

Apprenticeships are few and far between. Of the 146 million jobs in the United States, about 3.5 percent - or slightly more than a half-million - were filled by active apprentices in 2016. Last month, the former president announced he was donating $2 million to summer job and apprenticeship programs in his hometown of Chicago.

Apprenticeships had largely been focused on the construction sector but have since branched out to include health care and information technology, among other fields, said Andrew Cortes, who leads a committee that advises the secretary of labor on the government's registered apprenticeship program. "Scaling is the big issue", said Robert Lerman, a fellow at the Urban Institute.

Wisconsin was the first state in the country to pass a law establishing apprenticeship programs in 1911, the same year what is now the technical college system was created.