Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

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Democrats spoke on a conference call Tuesday in advance of Trump touring Waukesha County Technical College's apprenticeship program. Trump's proposed budget would slash the Labor Department's budget by a fifth to $9.6 billion and its job training programs by more than a third.

Trump's budget would cut federal money for job training by 40 percent next year. He will also attend a $1,000 per person fundraiser for Governor Scott Walker in Milwaukee later this evening. It was a pet cause of Barack Obama, with the former president announcing $175 million in apprenticeship grants to benefit 34,000 Americans last summer.

Apprenticeships had largely been focused on the construction sector but have since branched out to include health care and information technology, among other fields, said Andrew Cortes, who leads a committee that advises the secretary of labor on the government's registered apprenticeship program.

"It really gave me a jump start to get into a field that I had no prior experience in", Haban said.

There are approximately 6.04 million job openings in the United States, according to government reports.

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

Acosta said Monday that the policy would revolve around encouraging more partnerships between business and schools rather than increasing the $90 million the federal government now devotes to apprenticeships. Part of the challenge, White House officials said, was changing negative attitudes toward vocational education. "We should measure success based on outcomes and not simply based on spending".

But Helper, now a professor at Case Western University, noted that how federal funds are spent on apprenticeship programs also matters.

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