President Trump signs executive order promoting apprenticeships


President Trump signs an executive order on apprenticeships which calls for more money and greater involvement by private industry to design these apprenticeship programs. “We’re here today to celebrate the dignity of work. It’s really a good term: dignity of work,” said President Trump. Hmm, that sounds a lot like Catholic Social Teaching, Mr. President.

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered more money and a bigger role for private companies in designing apprenticeship programs meant to fill some of the 6 million open jobs in the U.S.

Trump signed an executive order to roughly double to $200 million the taxpayer money spent on learn-and-earn programs under a grant system called ApprenticeshipUSA. The money would come from existing job training programs. The executive order would leave it to industry to design apprenticeships under broad standards to be set by the Labor Department.

“We’re training people to have great jobs and high paying jobs,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “We’re here today to celebrate the dignity of work and the greatness of the American worker.”