Trump wants apprenticeships in all high schools

President Donald Trump attends a Cabinet meeting Monday

"The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has already begun creating and implementing our apprenticeship program and with today's Executive Order we will have even more opportunities to help employees in the hospitality industry move up the ladder for fulfilling and rewarding careers", stated Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and chief executive.

Federally funded apprenticeship programs now have to receive certification from the Labor Department and the executive order allows companies to essentially monitor themselves.

Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA.

"Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees", Trump said at the White House event. "We're empowering these groups to create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens". Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Trump's special adviser, daughter Ivanka Trump, have said this week that apprenticeship programs are a way to equip workers will the necessary training so these jobs don't remain unfilled. "It's not clear that they're solving any problems with it", said Mary Alice McCarthy, director of the Center on Education and Skills with the education policy program at New America and a former official at the U.S. Education and Labor Departments.

NPR reports that now there are more than 6 million jobs open in the USA that could benefit from an apprenticeship, but only a mere 500,000 such apprenticeships now exist.

"We have regulations on top of regulations, and in history, nobody has gotten rid of so many regulations as the Trump administration, and that's one of the reasons that you see the jobs and the companies all kicking in so strongly".

Scott, who the White House cited as the Congressional Democrat who worked on the initiative, affirmed the bipartisan support for expanding apprenticeships, but said in a conference call with reporters that the proposed budget cuts are detrimental, and funding should be increased.

Offering a federal tax credit for hiring new apprentices that are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency.

"We're here today to celebrate the dignity of work", Trump said before signing the order.

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".

The order will also reduce onerous regulations that stifled the program, which was backed by the Obama administration and lawmakers from both parties.

He said that he has been pushing for decades to get these training opportunities extended into high schools, the way they are in countries like Germany and Switzerland, but that his efforts have been roundly defeated by those concerned that job-skills programs limit certain students' options.

On Thursday, Congresswoman Rosa Delauro released a statement regarding President Trump's executive order on apprenticeships. Most expenses from apprenticeships are incurred by the employers.

Trump's budget would cut federal money for job training by 40 percent next year.

President Trump is also urging Congress to take action and Republicans next week have agreed to vote on the Perkins Act, which increases funding for technical education programs to $1.23 billion by 2022.

Administration officials said there are unique training requirements for each industry, and the private sector could be better positioned than the DOL to develop industry-specific apprenticeship programs.

More than half opt for a two- to three-year paid apprenticeship with a business, alongside part-time classes at a technical school.



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