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Trump said he will remove federal restrictions that have prevented industries from creating apprenticeship programmes.

The measure directs the Labor Department to draft new rules allowing companies, industry groups and unions to create and certify their own programs, which would then be approved by the department. The order also doubles apprenticeship grant funding to $200 million by transferring allocations from existing job-training programs.

The White House said Mr Trump's push is aimed at training workers with specific skills for particular jobs that employers say they can not fill at a time of historically low unemployment. Apprenticeships would give students a way to acquire new skill without having the crippling debt that often comes with a degree from four-year college.

Trump's executive order also requires all federal agencies that participate in apprenticeship programs or workforce training to examine whether their efforts are duplicative or could be combined with other programs to greater effect.

"There is a little bit of uncertainty", about how the order will be put into effect, said Scott, the ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Durbin and Chicago-area officials released a report by the University of Illinois-Chicago's Great Cities Institute that said that the USA treasury will lose an estimated $9.5 billion in future tax revenue from current jobless people in Illinois who have no high school degree.

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Franchise businesses have apprenticeship and workforce development programs in place and continue to work hard to address an emerging shortage of skilled workers. "We just signed a big deal yesterday for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment and military equipment going to be made in this country, in our country, for other countries", he said.

President Trump is trying to focus this week on one thing: Jobs, jobs and more jobs. Critics may say that apprenticeships aren't an effective way to close the skills gap - but in restaurants, we know they work, because we're already doing it. The EARNS Act supports pre-apprenticeship programs and new or expanding registered apprenticeship programs that provide national, portable credentials and help secure academic credit for on-the-job learning portions of an apprenticeship.

"It's called earn while you learn", he said of his initiative, at Waukesha County Technical College.

If the scale of a USA apprenticeship program is to come anywhere close to Germany's, apprentices will have to become easier for businesses to manage - and public-education systems must be more responsive to the job requirements of local industries.

Another complication: only about half of apprentices finish their multi-year programs.

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The DOL has since promulgated regulations that established labor standards for apprenticeship programs and that govern equal opportunity employment in apprenticeship programs.

Though the USA government has regulated and certified apprenticeships since 1937, former President Barack Obama's administration actively promoted the practice.

Matthew Hora, an assistant professor of adult and higher education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, says he's also concerned about making sure apprenticeship programs are done fairly (though he says that is typically a bigger issue with internship programs than with apprenticeships).

Trump's apprenticeship order garnered support from business groups hoping to advance job applicants' skills without enduring the bureaucratic challenges of meeting federal and state-administered registration standards.

However, the federal program also includes a range of standards created to ensure the quality of the work and learning experience, in addition to protecting apprentices.

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Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) are set to re-introduce the Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprentice Programs, or LEAP Act.

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