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Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships

19 Junio 2017, 11:10 | Dolorita Barahona

Congress passed the Fitzgerald Act in 1937, authorizing the secretary of labor to "formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices and to cooperate with the States in the promotion of such standards".

"We're empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens". "American companies want to hire".

"We're training people to have great jobs and high-paying jobs", Trump said at a White House ceremony. "And in history, nobody has gotten rid of some of these regulations like the Trump administration". Apprenticeship and job training programs have been viewed by some as a potential way to address the problem. The graduates from the automaker's mechatronics programs were the first Americans to ever earn certification from the German Chambers of Commerce, according to the company.

Trump's proposed federal budget would cut job training programs by 40% and reduce other types of workforce training programs, such as financial aid for college students.

Under current rules, the Labor Department is too heavy handed in crafting the programs, a senior White House official said in advance of Trump's announcement, expected late Thursday morning.

Trump met with what the White House has been referring to as "victims" of former President Barack Obama's health care law after landing in Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon.

The stop is part of Trump's push to boost jobs by increasing apprenticeships. There are shortages in agriculture, manufacturing, information technology and health care.

That's where apprenticeship comes in. "And that's what we are working very hard to do and we will get it done".

"America must not only teach, but celebrate the skilled laborers that produce and maintain the world's greatest machines, buildings, products and infrastructure", said President Trump.

Federally funded job-training programs are also ineffective, the order says, and those that don't work should be reformed or eliminated.

Apprenticeship is an earn-and-learn training strategy whereby apprentices participate in structured, on-the-job training, while earning a wage. Companies are already free to start apprenticeship programs outside of the government's registered apprenticeship program. "We have to make sure the people are here and they're going to be well trained", Trump said.

Apprenticeships are few and far between.

With the stroke of his pen, President Trump aims to fill some of the six million jobs in the United States. It should help fill numerous almost six million jobs that now are open, including 350,000 in manufacturing, Mr. Trump said. "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.

Another complication: only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs, Lerman said.

Last year, according to the Department of Labor, apprenticeships totaled a little more than 500,000, with roughly 50% of those in the construction industry. Ivanka Trump has been an adamant proponent for workforce issues like paid family leave.

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. He said he recommended to the administration that all apprenticeships be registered, but Trump's order does not require it. Amazon (AMZN), which now offers a "career-choice" training program, expects its level of participants to double by the year 2020, according to Dave Clarke, the company's SVP of Worldwide Operations.

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