On July 24, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued a news release inviting interested persons to submit nominations for individuals to serve on a new task force on apprenticeship expansion. The creation of the task force comes as a key step in implementing an executive order signed by President Trump on June 15 which seeks to expand apprenticeships in America. (See WICs article, "Trump to Expand Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Programs," June 18, 2017.)
The task force, which will be chaired by Secretary Acosta, has been asked to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are currently insufficient. The task force’s final report to the President will offer recommendations on federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships, administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs, the most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships, and the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships.
To learn more about the task force or to apply, click here. The deadline for submissions is August 8, 2017.