After a long week of President Trump focusing on the nation’s infrastructure, it appears that he is refocusing his efforts on American Jobs. The focal point of his campaign was bringing attention to this important subject. “We want to get back to running our great country,” (http://bit.ly/2sxyuQG) Trump said at a White House news conference on Friday.
In order to tackle this sensitive subject, Trump has deemed this week “Workforce Development Week” and he’s starting it out with today’s (6/13/17) trip to Wisconsin. The President’s daughter and aide, Ivanka Trump, appeared Monday morning on the television program “Fox and Friends” to discuss the President’s plans for the upcoming week, which includes the trip to Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Ivanka Trump stated “We’re visiting one of the great examples of skill-based learning and skills-based education, a technical school in Wisconsin, which we’re very excited about, to talk about the skills gap and to really highlight the fact that there is a viable path other than a four-year college experience,” She continued “There are 6 million available American jobs. So we’re constantly hearing from CEOs that they have job openings, but they don’t have workers with the skillset they need to fill those jobs.” (http://bit.ly/2rWMl20)
She will be joining her father and Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta in Wisconsin where they will meet with Governor Scott Walker. The President will continue the week by meeting with businesses across the country as well as other state governors. Wednesday, Trump will give a Presidential announcement pertaining to workforce development which will further detail his plans to bring back American jobs. One of the points expected to be covered in the upcoming Wednesday speech include new directives aimed at emphasizing and reorganizing government job-training programs. This has stirred up controversy due to the President’s recent budget cuts to the Labor Department and skills related initiatives.
According to Reed Cordish, an assistant to the President, the problem isn’t with the amount of money that is given to the 43 federal job training programs which altogether are using $16.7 billion annually in funding. Cordish instead believes that the issue lies in the accountability and effectiveness of these programs, which the White House believes warrants consolidation or budget slashing.
Trump previously stated that he wanted to model the United States apprenticeship program after Germany’s, which he praised. Trump’s budget called for $90 million to go toward these apprenticeship programs in the U.S. but the Labor Secretary said those that want to learn more should “stay tuned and listen to the Wednesday announcement,” and followed that statement with “Every CEO that I have spoken with has made a personal commitment to pursuing these. The CEOs are excited.” (http://bit.ly/2rWMl20)
If President Trump’s proposal goes as planned, it could have huge implications for American Manufacturing. Apprenticeship programs are one of the key contributors to closing the skills gap that is holding manufacturers back. Revitalizating these programs will not only benefit the manufacturing industry, but the U.S. economy as a whole. Manufacturing Talk Radio will be keeping a close eye on “Workforce Development Week” so stay tuned for more information.