Trump pushes apprenticeships in visit to Wisconsin tech school
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.