Trump orders more cash, industry input, for apprenticeships

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"While President Trump is signing an executive order pledging to support apprenticeship programs, the reality is that his 2018 budget will undermine our public workforce system".

"Conversations have already started and have been well embraced for Congress to take the next step, so that student aid can be expanded and apply without restrictions to this type of skill based, earn and learn model", one official said.

Though the US government has regulated and certified apprenticeships since 1937, former President Barack Obama's administration actively promoted the practice. Enlarging the pool is an idea that has bipartisan support.

Trump wants to expand the program's budget to about $200 million, roughly twice its existing level, by redirecting other funds from the Labor Department, the official, who briefed the media on condition of not being identified, told reporters.

"There are now 6 million job openings in the United States - vacant jobs that can be filled", he said.

The new executive order directs the Department of Labor to "use available funding to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeships are not now widespread".

IBM, for example, participates in a six-year program called P-TECH.

President Donald J. Trump, center a podium, announces an executive order to expand apprenticeships in an effort to close the skills gap in America.

The move to deregulate apprenticeships comes on the heels of the administration's decision to delay and renegotiate two key consumer-protection regulations of the Obama era aimed at preventing abuses by for-profit colleges: the gainful-employment and borrower "defense to repayment" rules. "And that's exactly what we're doing", said President Trump. "Far too many individuals today find themselves with crushing student debt and no direct connection to jobs".

Franchise businesses have apprenticeship and workforce development programs in place and continue to work hard to address an emerging shortage of skilled workers. Americans want to work, but executives are having trouble finding workers with the appropriate skills to fill open positions, they say. Democrats have stressed the need to train Americans for the jobs that are available, and Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 opponent, made pushing apprenticeship programs a part of her campaign. "Instead, apprentices earn while they learn". 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.

The Trump administration has said there's a need that can be met with a change in the American attitude toward vocational education and apprenticeships.

In addition, the bill would allow veterans to apply their previous training and experience to the required training and education hours. Oversight of unregistered programs, critics say, could result in some sham offerings.

"Use available funding to promote apprenticeships, focusing in particular on expanding access to and participation in apprenticeships among students at accredited secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, including community colleges; expanding the number of apprenticeships in sectors that do not now have sufficient apprenticeship opportunities; and expanding youth participation in apprenticeships".

The American Association of Community Colleges welcomes the additional investment, said David Baime, the group's senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis.

And we're here today to celebrate the dignity of work.

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