President Trump’s administration says it has pumped more than $300 million into apprenticeship programs.
President Donald Trump has proclaimed Nov. 11-Nov. 17 to be 2019’s National Apprenticeship Week.
“Encouraging the creation and expansion of apprenticeships is a cornerstone of my commitment to helping improve employment prospects for students and workers,” the president said in a statement, adding that his administration has allocated more than $300 million toward apprenticeships in 2019, which helped 240,000 new apprentices get hired through 3,300 new programs.
“We awarded nearly $184 million to the Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program to encourage private-public partnerships in high-growth industries, including information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare,” according to the statement. “We have also invested $160 million to expand the number of apprentices in Registered Apprenticeship programs nationwide, helping to increase the number and diversity of apprentices in every state.”
Through workplace and classroom education, apprentices gain valuable knowledge and credentials, drastically improving their future career trajectory, according to the White House statement, which added that “apprenticeship programs enable Americans to simultaneously earn and learn while avoiding burdensome student loans.”
To date, the statement notes that more than 360 companies have committed to investing in over 14 million students and workers through the administration’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” program. Trump said his administration is also developing standards for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, “which will assist workers in obtaining the knowledge they need to secure family-sustaining careers by taking advantage of high-quality, demand-driven opportunities.”