Last week President Trump signed an executive order designed to shake up how apprentice programs work. According to the White House, the idea behind the order is to fill in the so called “skills gap.” The skills gap is the disconnect between the need for skilled labor and the lack of qualified workers to fill that need, although this gap is debated.
The order does several things, including increasing funding for apprenticeship grants significantly and transferring elements of the oversight of apprentice centers typically fulfilled by the Department of Labor to third parties, including labor groups. The third parties will have the authority to set their own measures of success but will still need to submit them to the DOL for approval.
Read more here from the New York Times.
Read more here from Politco.