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Trump Announces Manufacturing Apprenticeship Initiative

This week, President Trump unveiled a major initiative to encourage more apprenticeships to address concerns in the manufacturing sector regarding bridging the skills gap with the next generation of workers.  The Executive Order, signed today, calls on all federal agencies and departments to remove regulations that create obstacles to apprenticeship programs, including eliminating federal oversight and shifting accountability to grant recipients. 

The President’s initiative also calls for $200 million to support apprenticeship grants, more than twice the amount budgeted in 2016.  The grants are expected to be paid from existing job training program funds, despite the President proposing a 36% cut in the Labor Department’s budget for job training programs.

This initiative follows on the heels of the reauthorization of the Perkins Act, known as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce last month.  See White House Executive Order and The Washington Post

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