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Trump: From “The Apprentice” to real apprenticeships

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By Greg Jones, Vice President – Smartforce at AMT- The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show.

On June 15, President Trump signed an executive order on his Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives, designed to change the way America thinks about apprenticeships.

In principal, the new policies support many of the efforts that we’ve espoused in Smartforce Development at AMT: expand apprenticeships and vocational training programs; ensure that all training is backed by industry-supported credentials; provide individuals the ability to earn while they learn so more young Americans can avoid student loan debt.

The administration has asked for an additional $100 million in funding on top of the $90 million that the Obama administration provided in support in 2017 for ApprenticeshipUSA.

President Trump’s executive order is designed to decrease Department of Labor regulations around registered apprenticeship programs. It also puts the responsibility for designing new programs on industry trade associations along with educational institutions and national industry-supported credentialing bodies like NIMS.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills was tapped by DOL as the industry intermediary for advanced manufacturing under the Obama Administration’s ApprenticeshipUSA initiative. Over the past year, NIMS has assisted as many as 10 new apprenticeship programs in getting started and becoming registered with DOL.

If you would like to begin a new registered apprenticeship program www.mfgapprenticeship.com.

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