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Expanding Apprenticeships in America Part 2

With millions of skilled workers in the construction industry set to retire within the next decade, it’s important for construction industry professionals to develop an effective solution to the labor demand problem. With many large construction companies struggling to discover young skilled workers and the manufacturing industry having over 300,000 job vacancies, it’s vital that we establish a new method of recruiting young people into the workforce.

In this four-part article, we first discussed a recent executive order that was created by President Donald Trump. This legislature is designed to create one million apprenticeships in the next two years. In this section, we will discuss focusing on both the educational sector and other avenues to recruit these young workers. In section three and four, we will discuss more of the concepts pertaining to this executive order.

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Implementing Apprenticeships

With little confidence in several federal work development programs, Trump’s executive order calls for creating apprenticeship programs in established third party sectors. These third-party entities include “trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.” According to the executive order, the Secretary of Labor shall govern these organizations that qualify to ensure that they are meeting requirements and to assist with effectively streamlining the apprenticeship process.

Promotional Funding of Apprenticeships

In order to promote apprenticeships, the executive order calls for the Secretary of Labor to allocate funding primarily towards high schools and four-year colleges along with community colleges. Ideally, the concept is to increase youth involvement in apprenticeships by offering apprenticeship opportunities “in sectors that do not currently have sufficient apprenticeship opportunities.” The executive order also calls for the Secretary of Education to implement apprenticeship programs into community colleges and also four-year universities’ “courses of study.”

Exploring Other Recruitment Avenues

Along with appropriately distributing the funding towards educational institutions that do not have apprenticeship opportunities, the executive order calls for expanding access to apprenticeships for young men and women outside of the education sector. This includes everyone from members of the United States military branches to persons not attending high school to current and formerly incarcerated people.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.