Trump Signs Executive Order For Promoting Apprenticeships

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By Christine Pulfrey

An executive order that allows employers to develop apprenticeship guidelines was signed June 15 by President Donald Trump.

The Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Executive Order also requires the Labor Department to promote apprenticeships and vocational training.

Apprenticeship arrangements include components for paid work and education or instruction. Job-training programs include skill-development programs but exclude federal student-aid or student-loan programs.

“Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills that employers value,” the order said. “Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers.”

Labor Department Oversight

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is to propose regulations that allow employers, trade associations, and unions to develop industry-recognized apprenticeship guidelines, which the department is to “review for quality and then approve,” a White House statement said. The department also must fund the promotion of apprenticeships and create a task force to help carry out that task, the executive order said.

Federal agencies must evaluate job-training programs and identify how to consolidate certain aspects to improve accountability, the executive order said. Congress also must help workers more easily access affordable education that teaches relevant skills and aids in job acquisition.

Acosta is to establish a program within two years to recognize the efforts of employers and others to implement the apprenticeship programs, the order said.

The executive order established a federal policy for promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce-development programs. Under the order, “federally funded education and workforce-development programs that do not work must be improved or eliminated so that taxpayer dollars can be channeled to more effective uses.”

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