Trump orders more cash, industry guidance, for apprenticeships


Thursday, President Trump announced an Executive Order that will expand opportunities for Americans to get on-the-job training through apprenticeship programs across industries, including the hospitality sector.

Trump said he will remove federal restrictions that have prevented industries from creating apprenticeship programmes. The order will expand money spent for apprenticeship grants to nearly $200 million annually from $90 million, according to the political news website.

LDI Industries always struggled with larger companies poaching its workers for slightly higher pay, but saw investing in apprenticeship programs as a way to attract and retain more workers, said John Lukas, the company's vice president of manufacturing.

"We're empowering these companies, these unions, industry go out and create new apprenticeships", Trump said at a White House signing ceremony.

The president has accepted a challenge from CEO Marc Benioff to create 5 million apprenticeships over five years.

The training also would give young workers an alternative to the "crushing debt" associated with a four-year college degree, he said.

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Secretary Acosta said earlier this week business leaders have been eager to work with the administration on workforce development and indicated apprentices are in demand across the labor market.

President Trump also spoke about the need for a more robust apprenticeship program during his first full Cabinet meeting on Monday: "Apprenticeships are going to be a big, big factor in our country". The Department of Labor, they said, would still judge and approve the programs.

Acosta said Monday that the policy would revolve around encouraging more partnerships between business and schools rather than increasing the $90 million the federal government now devotes to apprenticeships.

Trump met with what the White House has been referring to as "victims" of former President Barack Obama's health care law after landing in Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon. And it calls on Congress to allow student loans to apply to technical college education or on the job training. The most recent federal government budget passed with about $90 million for apprenticeships, and Trump so far isn't proposing adding more.

Replicating the German apprenticeship model in the US would require nothing short of a revolution. "You still have a lot of organizations uncomfortable with moving more toward a work-learning model than a degree model", he says. That's part of a broader effort to show Trump remains focused on his policy agenda despite cascading headlines about investigations into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and the possibilities of acts of obstruction of justice.

The apprenticeship expansion is being rolled out as part of what the White House has dubbed "workforce development week". As Registered Apprenticeships, these new programs-which would not necessarily have to adhere to existing federal standards-would also be eligible to access federal dollars through programs such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 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). Of the 146 million jobs in the United States, about 0.35 percent - or slightly more than a half-million - were filled by active apprentices in 2016. "Microsoft, Amazon, Hartford-they all do it, just as thousands of companies are doing it", he says of the existing system. Even the hardest-core skeptics of the Trump Administration must admit that this is a good idea and the most well-known boss and trainer of apprentices - Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton: "Wonder Woman" seems "right up my alley" Washington Post tops 1 billion page views in May OPINION: Sorry Newt, the right must tone down the vitriol too MORE - is certainly the man for the job.