President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday created to expand apprenticeships to train people for millions of unfilled jobs.
"Trump's aides said the executive order will make it easier for businesses to operate their own unique apprenticeship programs, cutting back red tape", Politico reports. The order also proposes to double the amount of money designated for apprenticeship grants from $90 million to almost $200 million per year.
Expanding apprenticeships and reforming ineffective education and workforce development programs will help address these issues, enabling more Americans to obtain relevant skills and high-paying jobs. "So we're empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens", Trump said.
Earlier this year, Trump accepted a challenge to create 5 million new apprenticeships, according to the news outlet. Instead of starting with Labor Department regulations, these apprenticeships would be largely designed by industries looking to fill specific jobs.
US Labour Secretary Alex Acosta said the president knows that apprenticeship programs offer demand-based skills and good, stable jobs with reduced or no student debt. The White House cites the fact that certified apprenticeship programs average a salary exceeding $60,000 per year and would provide a $300,000 increase in lifetime earnings for certified apprenticeship programs.
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 act "has given states the flexibility and tools they need to foster strategic partnerships, invest resources into innovative methodologies, and educate their workforce", said Michelle Paczynski, South Carolina's deputy assistant executive director for workforce and economic development.
The president signed the order at a ceremony surrounded by workers, as well as his daughter and adviser Ivanka, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Since 2007, more than 25,000 SC workers have completed apprenticeships; the number of companies participating in the program has increased from 90 to 880.
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The apprenticeship system, which has been in place since the 1930s, was reinvigorated during former President Barack Obama's tenure. We can not allow the American people to be scammed by organizations that rake in million dollars in profit from vulnerable students and give them a shoddy education in return.
After his remarks at the airport, President Trump visited Waukesha County Technical College to discuss apprenticeship programs. There are retraining programs for veterans, dislocated workers, and older Americans - to name just a few. The most recent federal government budget passed with about $90 million for apprenticeships, and Trump so far isn't proposing adding more.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., said Trump's "rhetoric doesn't match the reality" of budget cuts he's proposing that would reduce federal job training funding by 40 percent from $2.7 billion to $1.6 billion.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said Trump is pulling a "bait and switch" by claiming he cares about workers while cutting resources to train them.
Replicating the German apprenticeship model in the USA would require nothing short of a revolution.
With the stroke of his pen, President Trump aims to fill some of the six million jobs in the United States.
A senior Administration official noted during the briefing that the government is channeling billions of dollars into job training programs - in fiscal year 2017 spending on these programs totaled $16.7 billion before Pell grants - that he says have not effectively helped the American worker.