Trump wants apprenticeships in all high schools

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President Trump launched an initiative Thursday to expand apprenticeships and vocational training programs, saying putting more Americans back to work required giving them the skills for the "jobs of the future".

The order reduces the United States government's role in starting and monitoring apprenticeship programs, Politico reported.

"We're training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs", Trump said during a ceremony at the White House before signing the order.

He added, "We're empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups and federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships". Apprenticeships would give students a way to learn skills without the crippling debt of four-year colleges, and expand those opportunities to women, minorities and other populations underrepresented among the nation's roughly 505,000 apprentices.

The executive order is meant to improve industry flexibility and scale up the earn-as-you-learn job training program by allowing companies to tailor the guidelines to their own workforce needs.

"The restaurant industry fully supports the President's Executive Order and thanks the President and Secretary Acosta for their continued focus on apprenticeships - a proven recognized path to full and rewarding careers".

The executive order is more of a directive and less a dramatic change in administrative policy.

Participation in Wisconsin's apprenticeship program in the 16 technical colleges has increased 36 percent since 2013, according to the technical college system's most recent annual report released in January. Trump said the health care law was "one of the greatest catastrophes that our country has signed into law, and the victims are innocent, hard-working Americans".

From putting Americans at risk at Trump University, to putting forward a budget that attacks almost every facet of life for working families, President Trump is not living up to his promises on the campaign trail. Participants generally complete the program between two and five years and are paid both for their time on the job and in the classroom.

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The restaurant industry is already using apprenticeships to grow and train our workforce.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a statement that Trump's "rhetoric doesn't match the reality of the budget cuts". "We've also loaded on various kinds of extra regulations-some of them vary by state-with regard to things like how many skilled mentor trainers do you need for every apprentice".

"You have to create a lot of programs, double or quadruple, before apprenticeships become a lever that's really scalable in helping us to close the skills gap", says David Blake, CEO of Degreed, an education technology firm.

"We have regulations on top of regulations and in history, no one has gotten rid of as many regulations as the Trump administration", the president said during Thursday's announcement.

"We do want to get more businesses involved but also make sure it's a good program for workers-good jobs, good wages, high quality", Eric Seleznow, who steered apprenticeship efforts at Barack Obama's DOL, told Bloomberg BNA.

Acosta said Monday that 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.

Trump has frequently boasted about his ratings on "Celebrity Apprentice", and in February mocked his replacement as host for not measuring up during remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.

The DOL has since promulgated regulations that established labor standards for apprenticeship programs and that govern equal opportunity employment in apprenticeship programs. Trump kept up the pressure on Congress to approve a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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