Trump pushes to make apprenticeships a priority

Apprenticeship programs are at the center of President Donald Trump’s jobs goals.

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made that point recently when he addressed labor ministers of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany, noting that employers in the U.S. want to fill positions but can’t find enough skilled workers.

“CEO after CEO has told me that they are eager to fill their vacancies, but they cannot find workers with the right skills,” Acosta told the ministers.

Apprenticeships that pay salaries and often lead to careers, he said, “are a major priority for President Trump and the Department of Labor.”

Currently, there are 324,000 unfilled U.S. factory jobs, which is three times the number in 2009.

Apprenticeship programs aren’t new to employers or lawmakers, all of whom have sponsored them. Apprenticeships offer workers invaluable on-the-job training that can help close the skills gap confronting so many employers.

Leading think tanks have said that businesses in a variety of industries can benefit from apprenticeships in other, important ways.

For example, apprenticeships offered by construction firms and the North American Building Trades Union allow small firms to keep up with new developments in technology.

The budget compromise funding the federal government through September was passed with $95 million for apprenticeship grants, an increase of $5 million.

The president has proposed a 21% cut in the Labor Department’s budget, but also pledges to help states expand apprenticeships.

To us, apprenticeships amount to a potential win-win-win — for companies, for workers, and for communities — that can help all three stay strong and compete through creativity, flexibility, and good jobs.

We’re hoping that President Trump, who famously produced “The Apprentice,” will now help bring real-life apprenticeship to scale in America.

NOTEApprentice Personnel does not directly offer apprenticeships, but helps connect you with companies that do offer apprenticeships in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, masonry, etc.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.