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Trump Exec Order Aims to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Apprenticeship, Vocational Programs

Amid tweeting on the Russia election meddling investigation, President Trump issued an executive order on Thursday aimed at giving a boost to apprenticeship and vocational training.

The Labor Department said in a statement that the executive order will expand apprenticeships and vocational training, close the skills gap and reduce regulatory burdens on workforce development programs.

“There are six million job openings in the United States,” said DOL Secretary Alex Acosta. “This is the highest number of job vacancies on record. American companies want to hire Americans, and Americans want to work. Apprenticeships teach the skills needed to find good jobs and to succeed in those jobs. Apprentices are a proven pathway to helping businesses find the workers they need, while helping workers launch prosperous careers without the crushing burden of student debt.”

In their remarks at the signing ceremony, the President and Secretary Acosta praised the White House Office of American Innovation and first daughter Ivanka Trump, a presidential adviser, for their leadership on this initiative.

The executive order calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the secretaries of education and commerce, to propose regulations that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by industry and trade groups, nonprofit organizations, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the departments of Commerce and Labor to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in critical industry sectors, including manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity and health care.

“The U.S. Department of Labor will work expeditiously to execute the president’s vision and begin to implement measures to expand the apprenticeship and vocational training programs that can help our economy thrive, while keeping good, high-paying jobs in America,” Secretary Acosta said.

DOL Announces Competition for Grants to Train More Women for High-Skill, Nontraditional Jobs

Community-based organizations will be the lucky recipients of $1.9 billion in grant money the U.S. Department of Labor is putting up to train and retain women in high-skill occupations, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology.

DOL said it would award approximately four grants to these organizations to create regional, multi-state Technical Assistance Resource Centers. The centers will support efforts to increase the number of women entering into nontraditional occupations and Registered Apprenticeships. Services to current and potential sponsors of apprenticeship will include providing technical assistance and support related to:

  • Development of connections with pre-apprenticeship programs to prepare women for Registered Apprenticeship programs.
  • Orientations for employers on creating a successful environment for women in apprenticeship.
  • Identifying resources for supportive services including child care, transportation, support groups and other efforts to remove barriers to women succeeding in these industries.

Read more on the program, including how to submit grant applications.