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19 June 2017, 12:47 | Guillermo Sutton
Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap
"We are excited about working with the administration to help create more job and career opportunities in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry through apprenticeship", National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Executive Vice President Rob Gifford said in an NRA news release.
"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.
Apprentices gather skills on the job while their employers pay for related courses and degrees at a nearby college. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Trump's special adviser, daughter Ivanka Trump, have said this week that apprenticeship programs are a way to equip workers will the necessary training so these jobs don't remain unfilled.
We have regulations upon regulations, and in history nobody has gotten rid of so many regulations as the Trump administration. "I don't think the general public knows that we have these registered apprenticeship programs", she says.
Other colleges have started playing that role in the past couple of years, as the range of industries offering apprenticeships has expanded.
During a round table conversation at the technical college, Trump said he wants every high school in America to offer apprenticeship programs.
After his remarks at the airport, President Trump visited Waukesha County Technical College to discuss apprenticeship programs.
The shortages for specifically trained workers cut across multiple job sectors beyond construction trades.
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Apprentice programs combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction - "earn while you learn" is the phrase Trump has used frequently throughout the last week. Nevertheless, advocates worry it won't come to fruition if the White House's proposed budget is implemented in Congress.
IBM, for example, participates in a six-year program called P-TECH.
"The Secretaries of Defense, Labor, and Education, and the Attorney General, shall, in consultation with each other and consistent with applicable law, promote apprenticeships and pre apprenticeships for America's high school students and Job Corps participants, for persons now or formerly incarcerated, for persons not now attending high school or an accredited post-secondary educational institution, and for members of America's armed services and veterans", the executive order stated.
Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Rep Susan Davis (Calif.) said she believeS the Trump administration's proposed cuts would mean "the innovation that WIOA is fostering will be halted, stymieing these partnerships and relationships".
Not many. Only about 500,000 people enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs in the United States, including an apprenticeship program run by the military. Wisconsin was the first state in the country to pass a law establishing apprenticeship programs in 1911. He learned to be a machinist for LDI Industries, a Manitowoc-based company that makes hydraulic components and lubricating equipment.
Apprenticeships are few and far between.
NPR reports that now there are more than 6 million jobs open in the US that could benefit from an apprenticeship, but only a mere 500,000 such apprenticeships now exist. "Most apprenticeships are government certified".
"It's an issue of his emphasis and his budget being at odds", said Baldwin.
To achieve that goal, his administration would need to increase the current number of active apprenticeships in the USA nearly 10-fold - from 505,371 in the last quarter of 2016, according to the Department of Labor - in just five years.
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