President Donald Trump today signed an executive order revamping US apprenticeship programs.
The order reduces the US government’s role in starting and monitoring apprenticeship programs, Politico reported.
Trump’s order “will move the role of developing government-funded apprenticeship programs from the Labor Department to third-party private entities — including trade groups, labor unions and businesses,” Politico said. The order will expand money spent for apprenticeship grants to almost $200 million annually from $90 million, according to the political news website.
“We’re training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs,” Trump said during a ceremony at the White House before signing the order.
“We will be removing federal restrictions that have prevented many different industries from creating apprenticeship programs,” the president said.
“We’re empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens,” Trump said. “Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees. Instead, apprentices earn while they learn.”
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