The New Apprentice: President Trump's EO Says "You're Hired"

The New Apprentice: President Trump's EO Says

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 executive order defines an apprenticeship as an "arrangement that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, wherein an individual obtains workplace-relevant knowledge and skills", a major departure from the existing federal definition, which is much more specific regarding the structure of on-the-job training, and the wage schedule.

President Trump made a mint as the longtime host of "The Apprentice" and later "Celebrity Apprentice" - and on Tuesday he signed an order that will boost funding and cut red tape to expand a popular federal apprenticeship program.

These programs enjoy a fair amount of bipartisan support, and have gotten a lot of buzz in recent months: In a March roundtable discussion, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called on Trump to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years.

President Trump expressed his disappointment in the current Affordable Care Act put in place by the Obama administration.

"Yeah, it's really easy to get work through the apprenticeship, for at least masonry", said Hogan.

In addition, the executive order directs the Secretary of Labor, in conjunction with the secretaries of Commerce and Education, to establish an Excellence in Apprenticeship Program within two years of the date of the order. But they also said Trump's order would call on Congress to provide $100 million more for workforce development. Nine in 10 apprentices who complete their programs find jobs, according to the Labor Department.

But while President Trump is pushing for more apprenticeship training, many educators and school administrators say he's not putting his money where his mouth is.

President Trump also spoke about the need for a more robust apprenticeship program during his first full Cabinet meeting on Monday: "Apprenticeships are going to be a big, big factor in our country".

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Trump's proposed federal education budget would slash $168 million for state technical education grants.

Wisconsin Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin said Mr Trump's "rhetoric doesn't match the reality" of budget cuts he is proposing that would reduce government job training funding by 40% from 2.7 billion to 1.6 billion dollars.

Apprenticeships are few and far between. "In Germany you have a situation where you can get tax accounting apprenticeships" says Robert Lerman, a fellow at the Washington, DC-based think tank the Urban Institute, and the founder of the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship.

He said they were joined by governors from around the country who had just spoken about apprenticeship programs.

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.

Trump had planned to sign the executive order on apprenticeships during a trip to the Labor Department on Wednesday, but that visit was canceled following the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

According to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, only 3 percent of the American workforce are apprenticeship graduates.

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