Trump to push apprenticeship program

Trump will visit a training program at the Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin on Tuesday with Gov.
By Mae Owen | Jun 13, 2017
President Trump will debut a new plan this week to connect more skilled American workers to jobs via apprenticeship programs, the White House said. The concept is an expansion of apprenticeships that the Obama administration had enacted during its two terms in office.

"Workforce development week, " as his office has dubbed the week ahead, follows "Infrastructure Week," in which Trump held several press events touting his vision for rolling back construction regulations and investing $1 trillion in mostly private funding to build up U.S. infrastructures. Infrastructure Week got less press attention than Trump had anticipated, primarily because it coincided with looming developments in the Russia investigations such as former FBI director James Comey's testimony to the Senate last Thursday.

Trump has not released many details on what will be in the plan. He has also not indicated any new federal spending for it. The federal government has allocated no more than $16.7 billion to 43 job-training programs for fiscal-year 2017, according to a senior White House official, and any additional apprenticeship funding will thus need to come from the private sector.

Apprenticeships were ongoing during the Obama years following Obama's signature of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, a bill that updated a bill that President Clinton had signed into law in 1998. When asked during a press conference, how the Trump plan would be different, an unnamed White House official told reporters over the phone that Trump planned to take the Obama model and "scale it up."

Trump will visit a training program at the Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin on Tuesday with Gov. Scott Walker as part of his apprenticeship program rollout. Ivanka Trump is also helping to promote the program and will host a roundtable discussion on it with 15 CEOs at the White House that same day.

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