What’s At Stake in President Trump’s Order to Revamp Apprenticeship Programs

President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday created to expand apprenticeships to train people for millions of unfilled jobs.The Executive Order will streamline the administrative processes of the current program by shifting the certification from the Department of Labor to industry, which is well equipped to set standards since they know what their companies and workforces need.Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA.”We’re training people to have great jobs and high-paying jobs”, Trump said at a White House ceremony. “So we’re empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens”.The training also would give young workers an alternative to the “crushing debt” associated with a four-year college degree, he said.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.”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”. Companies would have more power to design their own apprenticeships without strict government standards. The credit would be available for up to three years per apprentice, and could be claimed once the individual has been employed for at least seven months.If the scale of a USA apprenticeship program is to come anywhere close to Germany’s, apprentices will have to become easier for businesses to manage – and public-education systems must be more responsive to the job requirements of local industries.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. “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”.Walker used Trump’s past job on the television show “The Apprentice” against him when they were both running for president in 2015.”We have regulations on top of regulations, and in history, nobody has gotten rid of so many regulations as the Trump administration, and that’s one of the reasons that you see the jobs and the companies all kicking in so strongly”.”If you’re really interested in promoting apprenticeship, you have to invest in that skills training”, said Mike Rosen, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the American Federation of Teachers union.Scott Walker flew to Japan for the weekend of June 2 but he and economic development leaders wouldn’t say why.In order to achieve these goals, the president charges the Secretary of Labor-in consultation with the Secretaries of Commerce and Education-to consider proposing regulations “that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by third parties”.”For all of us, I think one of the great pieces of news is that our country is going back to work”, Walker said.Obama’s budget in 2016 appropriated $90 million for apprenticeships and Congress under Trump’s administration is expected to appropriate $95 million for 2017, CNBC reported.The NRA says the USA foodservice industry employs more than 14.7 million people.Additionally, critics argue Trump’s executive order will likely not have adequate funding to succeed because the president has already pushed for slashing federal job training funding in half.