Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships
On June 15, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the Labor Department to investigate how it can cut back the federal government’s role in creating and monitoring apprenticeship programs, a move that the White House claims will help fill vacant jobs.
The executive order intends to 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. The third parties would set their own bar for success and submit their metrics to the Labor Department for approval.
The order will also double the amount of money for apprenticeship grants, from $90 million to nearly $200 million a year.
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