What's At Stake in President Trump's Order to Revamp Apprenticeship Programs

Posted June 19, 2017

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the former Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement in support of President Trump's executive order, which seeks to expand apprenticeships to train people for millions of unfilled jobs.

The order directs the Department of Labor to create new rules allowing companies to create and certify their own programs, which will lessen the federal government's role in monitoring apprenticeships.

Mr. Trump is calling on Congress to provide more funding - $200 million, according to the Associated Press - which would come from existing job training programs.

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

Instead, apprentices earn while they learn - which is an expression we're using: "Earn while you learn", Trump said.

Right before workforce development week-does anybody remember?- Trump announced "infrastructure week", with a passel of proposals that will be totally forgotten unless Trump puts some presidential muscle behind the happy talk.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14.7 million employees. We're training people to have great jobs and high-paying jobs.

Acosta told reporters that the Trump administration would push for more private initiatives in this and other labor-market development programs, saying that simply spending money on something doesn't make it better. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 19-22, 2018, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart).

Additionally, critics argue Trump's executive order will likely not have adequate funding to succeed because the president has already pushed for slashing federal job training funding in half.

"The more American workers we are going to create, they hope a lot of them become union members", the official said.

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The idea is popular in Europe but has been slow to catch on in the United States, partly because businesses balk at the cost and some students feel that career training carries a second-class stigma.

He said they were joined by governors from around the country who had just spoken about apprenticeship programs. Amazon (AMZN), which now offers a "career-choice" training program, expects its level of participants to double by the year 2020, according to Dave Clarke, the company's SVP of Worldwide Operations.

Another successful model is the state-run Apprenticeship Carolina program in SC, which serves as an intermediary between businesses, workers and educational institutions.

Bravo. As the Labor Department notes, "nine in 10 Americans who complete apprentice training land a job, and their average starting salary is $60,000 a year".

However, the federal program also includes a range of standards created to ensure the quality of the work and learning experience, in addition to protecting apprentices.

"I want to challenge the assumption that the only way to move policy is to increase government spending", Acosta said at the Monday White House news briefing.

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

Before heading to the technical college and meeting with Walker, Trump arrived Tuesday afternoon in Milwaukee and spoke briefly about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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.