Trump pushes ap­pren­tice­ships in visit to Wis­con­sin tech school

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — S.A. Miller

Pres­i­dent Trump toured a tech­ni­cal col­lege in Wis­con­sin on Tues­day, pro­mot­ing a plan for more ap­pren­tice­ships and other al­ter­na­tives to a fouryear de­gree that he said will help more Amer­i­cans find good-pay­ing jobs.

The tour was part of the pres­i­dent’s week-long fo­cus on work­force devel­op­ment, which in­cludes an ap­pren­tice­ship ini­tia­tive be­ing re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The push for more ap­pren­tice­ships, tech­ni­cal schools and trade-train­ing has been a touch­stone for both Re­pub­li­can and Demo­cratic pres­i­dents.

But Mr. Trump wants to do it with­out in­creased fed­eral spend­ing, by set­ting up part­ner­ships be­tween busi­ness and uni­ver­si­ties to train young work­ers.

There are cur­rently 6 mil­lion job open­ings in the U.S. for which em­ploy­ers can’t find work­ers with the nec­es­sary skills. A Busi­ness Round­table sur­vey re­leased last week found that 95 per­cent of ex­ec­u­tives re­ported prob­lems find­ing qual­i­fied work­ers.

At the Wauke­sha County Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, Mr. Trump met with stu­dents learn­ing to op­er­ate large ma­chines and then led a round­table dis­cus­sion with about a dozen busi­ness lead­ers.

He said en­hanc­ing train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to help young peo­ple to get good-pay­ing jobs “is one of the most im­por­tant ques­tions fac­ing” their gen­er­a­tion.

Mr. Trump re­called class­mates in col­lege whom he said “didn’t have a great abil­ity or frankly didn’t have a great lik­ing for what they were do­ing or what they were study­ing. But they could take apart an en­gine. They could do drilling like I’ve never seen be­fore.”

Those are the peo­ple he said he is seek­ing to help with new job-train­ing pro­grams.

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