The Apprentice: Trump Signs Executive Order Designed To Boost Apprenticeships

Evan Vucci SOURCE AP

Evan Vucci SOURCE AP

The associations will identify at least 450 apprentices for training.

President Trump is putting a spotlight Thursday on his administration's efforts to broaden the reach of private-sector apprenticeship programs, part of an effort to close a "skills gap" that the White House says is leaving millions of jobs unfilled. Here are the details.

Interest in the state's apprenticeship programs is growing. But the Department of Labor still sits over and above it and still adjudicates it at the end of the day. Other days you would be in the restaurant, receiving on-the-job training from a current restaurant manager, allowing you to hone your skills well before graduation day. At the end of the program, the apprentice receives a certification. Trump simply wants to encourage private-sector companies to establish better training programs, with the government more like an interested bystander.

Chris Lu, who served as a deputy secretary of labor under President Barack Obama, tweeted that the executive order "will remove gov't oversight of apprenticeship standards, which will reduce quality". Although the labor force participation is at Jimmy Carter-era lows, that can change if we equip young Americans with the skills they need to fill high-paying jobs that are now sitting vacant or being filled with imported talent. Add to that, news from NPR that only about a half-million of the nation's 146 million jobs were filled by apprentices a year ago, and the challenges of the funding issues crystallize. 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. Nevertheless, Trump has decried Democrats as "obstructionists" to his initiatives.

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After his remarks at the airport, President Trump visited Waukesha County Technical College to discuss apprenticeship programs.

/ Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. They are paid for their work, but at a lower rate to reflect the fact that they are still in training.

In the USA, the apprenticeship model is most commonly used in the electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and construction professions. Instead, they could be overseen by third parties like companies, unions, and industry groups.

"It's an issue of his emphasis and his budget being at odds", said Baldwin.

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He said they were joined by governors from around the country who had just spoken about apprenticeship programs.

The NRA and many other companies and business organizations are all for that approach, since they say they have trouble filling jobs, particularly for high-tech positions. "There's a belief that parents won't accept it".

Expanding the use of federal student aid beyond that legal definition "would be a major shift in how the program operates, and would need Congressional action", McCarthy wrote in an email.

Not according to his budget. Scott would not answer explicitly when asked if he supported the executive order, saying accountability is paramount.

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"We will be removing federal restricting that have prevented many industries from creating apprenticeship programs", he said.

The new program the president and his daughter are promoting doubles the amount of money that goes toward apprenticeship programs from $90 to $200 million.

. "I don't think it's feasible".

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