Trump set to unveil new apprenticeship programs

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President Trump is expected to announce an apprenticeship initiative this week. The boating industry has struggled to fill manufacturing and service positions.

President Trump is expected to announce an apprenticeship initiative this week. The boating industry has struggled to fill manufacturing and service positions.

President Donald Trump is expected to expand apprenticeship programs as a focal point of his labor policy, aimed at filling a record level of open jobs and draw back Americans who have left the workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reported last weekend that the president will announce the initiative this week. Apprenticeships are an underused form of workforce training in the United States, compared with European countries, the newspaper said.

Nine of 10 Americans who complete apprentice training land a job with a starting salary of $60,000 a year, according to the Labor Department.

The administration is committed to “supporting working families and creating a pathway for them to have robust and successful careers,” Ivanka Trump said on Friday, according to the newspaper. “There has been a great focus on four-year higher education, and in reality, that is not the right path for everyone.”

Boat manufacturers — largely based in the United States — and boat dealerships have struggled to fill service and manufacturing positions.

At the American Boating Congress in May, Pamela Lendzion, of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, met with an aide to Ivanka Trump to discuss the problem and urge apprenticeship programs — a conversation that was received very well, Lendzion said.

White House officials discussing the president’s goal son Friday gave few details on program changes or requests to Congress, the Wall Street Journal said.

They said the president will offer more details at some point this week — Trump is slated to visit a technical school in Wisconsin on Tuesday and will deliver a policy speech at the Labor Department on Wednesday.

Apprenticeship programs are typically partnerships between a school and an employer that the federal or state governments certify. Workers are trained for skills and provided with hands-on experience — something the boating industry has long said is lacking when workers emerge from tech programs.

Because workers are paid while they learn, the programs can attract younger Americans who are seeking to avoid student debt, as well as displaced older workers who need new skills but can’t attend years of college.

The Labor Department said there were more than 6 million job openings in April — the highest level recorded since the government started tracking the figure in 2000.

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3 comments on “Trump set to unveil new apprenticeship programs

  1. Bob

    Problem is in New Jersey boat dealerships the entry level jobs have been taken by ILLEGALS. They do the same job forever, so of coarse they are better at it than some kid out of high school. Deport the trash and there will be more opportunities for Americans, and legal Immigrants.

  2. Steve D.

    “The Labor Department said there were more than 6 million job openings in April — the highest level recorded since the government started tracking the figure in 2000”, I missed that headline… Regardless of who is in the WH, this is welcome news, recognition for the fact that not every HS senior is destined for college, nor should he or she be made to feel as if there are no other options. An established marine industry vocational career path, one that doesn’t include college loan debt, will, if it can be made to happen, be a boon to both employees and employers alike, not to mention the nation. NMMA, now is your chance to promote and lobby for such programs, and a partnership between educational institutions and your members.

  3. Larry Snow

    I am in the process of creating, developing, funding, and implementing a Skilled Trades Program at my former high school in Michigan. I recently attended a 50 year class reunion and even though I currently live in Arizona it was an eye-opening experience to get a glimpse of my hometown now and know very well that this education model really works as a formal college degree alternative.

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