Trump Signs Apprenticeship Order: "We're Here To Celebrate The Dignity Of Work"

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Given that these programs will be also be known as Registered Apprenticeships, it will be hard for employers to know whether a former apprentice has received training that meets the applicable federal standards, or whether the apprentice participated in a lower-quality program that did not meet the same standards.

We're going to do everything we can to support you and help more young people have the opportunities we have here in Waukesha County and its incredible County Technical College.

An administration official said the "streamlined" structure would foster more "flexible" programs that fit the needs of businesses.

"I want to challenge the assumption that the only way to move policy is to increase government spending", Acosta said at the Monday White House news briefing. This executive order comes on the heels of former President Barack Obama's unprecedented $265 million investment aimed at developing high-quality Registered Apprenticeship programs, and will seriously undermine recent bipartisan efforts to increase workers' access to good, well-paying jobs through apprenticeship.

The Trump administration is closing out national "Workforce Development Week" with an executive order that undermines quality apprenticeships across the country.

Trump says the learn-and-earn arrangements are going to be "a big, big factor" in his effort to add jobs that employers are having trouble filling. And the greatness of the American worker, which I've been celebrating for a long time; probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for the American worker.

The president signed the order at a ceremony surrounded by workers, as well as his daughter and adviser Ivanka, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The shortages for specifically trained workers cut across multiple job sectors beyond construction trades.

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The budget calls for a 40 percent cut to the Labor Department's Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, which supports about 14 million job seekers annually and previous year helped nearly six million people find jobs.

The president toured a classroom full of tool-and-die machines that simulated a factory floor, accompanied by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, faced questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee on potential Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. But his own proposed budget would cut other job training programs that advocates say are necessary for this one to thrive.

The administration did not mention any new money Thursday, but sources said it plans to announce an allocation of up to $200 million, which would be more than double the $90 million for apprenticeships in this year's federal budget.

As of past year, 505,000 people held apprenticeships in the USA, according to Department of Labor data. The program uses $1.2 billion in federal funding provided under the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act passed in 2006, said P-TECH co-founder Stan Litow. "Americans want to work", Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told reporters on June 12.

"Scaling is the big issue", said Robert Lerman, a fellow at the Urban Institute.

The apprenticeship expansion is being rolled out as part of what the White House has dubbed "workforce development week".

Trump also met on an airport tarmac in Milwaukee with four people he described as "victims" of the 2010 health care law.

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