Trump's Executive Order on Apprenticeships

Education -- June 15, 2017

The goal of this executive order is to establish policies to promote apprenticeships and workforce development programs by "easing the regulatory burden on such programs and reducing or eliminating taxpayer support for ineffective workforce development programs".

The order directs the Department of Labor (DOL) to propose regulations which would promote the establishment of "Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships". The DOL will allow "trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, and joint labor-management organizations" to establish these programs which will be reviewed by the DOL for quality before approval.

The order also directs the DOL to reallocate funding to promote apprenticeships and to develop a task force on the subject.

Finally, the order requires all federal agencies to review any programs that they administer which "promote skills development and workplace readiness". A goal of this review is "to eliminate those programs that are ineffective, redundant, or unnecessary".

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