President Donald Trump said Thursday he is signing an executive order to expand apprenticeships and vocational training.
Americans are loath to abandon the dream of seeing their kids graduate from college, even if an apprenticeship is more likely to lead to a well-paying job than a four-year liberal-arts degree.
“The President will be calling on businesses across the country to embrace apprenticeships and we do not expect that call to go unanswered”, one official said. “I don’t think the general public knows that we have these registered apprenticeship programs”, she says. “In little companies, you have Mildred who does HR and does all the payroll, and your’e asking her to do all the paperwork for a registered apprenticeship program”.
The shortages for specifically trained workers cut across multiple job sectors beyond construction trades.
He introduced two military families he said were greatly impacted by President Obama’s health care plan.
The president wants students to be able to use federal student aid for a wide variety of “earn while you learn” programs, including apprenticeships, the White House officials said.
IBM, for example, participates in a six-year programme called P-TECH. Now there are 11,000 adults and 3,500 high school students in apprenticeship programs overseen by the state.
Trump’s proposed federal budget would cut job training programs by 40% and reduce other types of workforce training programs, such as financial aid for college students. Earlier this week, the president said he would like to see those paid positions at “every high school in America.”
The DOL has since promulgated regulations that established labor standards for apprenticeship programs and that govern equal opportunity employment in apprenticeship programs.
“It really gave me a jump start to get into a field that I had no prior experience in”, Haban said.
Trump’s apprenticeship order garnered support from business groups hoping to advance job applicants’ skills without enduring the bureaucratic challenges of meeting federal and state-administered registration standards.
“While we have the lowest number in terms of unemployment in many many years at the same time I have always argued with that number because it doesn’t take into account the millions and millions of people who have given up looking for jobs”.
“Right now we do have a pretty complicated system; it’s uneven”, Robert Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow who researches apprenticeship, told Bloomberg BNA. Lerman says expanding apprenticeships in the U.S. is partly a matter of stigma, which he considers to be unfair.
As of a year ago, 505,000 people held apprenticeships in the USA, according to Department of Labor data.
Leaders of the Business Roundtable also applauded the president’s efforts to expand apprenticeships, which it called “powerful tools to close the skills gap and meet our nation’s workforce needs”.
Acosta said 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.
Both officials said Trump and the White House have worked with Democrats and labor unions on this proposal. “We should measure success based on outcomes and not simply based on spending”. The Obama administration committed to growing a skilled workforce by investing $265 million in apprenticeship programs with the goals of expanding apprenticeships into new industries and integrating programs into state education and workforce systems, among others.
But Helper, now a professor at Case Western University, noted that how federal funds are spent on apprenticeship programs also matters. Most expenses from apprenticeships are incurred by the employers.