Despite CEO Reluctance to Participate, DOL Announces Apprenticeship Task Force


Dana Wilkie By Dana Wilkie October 16, 2017
Despite CEO Reluctance to Participate, DOL Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

​Apprenticeships not only provide technical skills that can lead to good-paying jobs, they can also demonstrate the power of learning from others and working as a team toward a common goal. As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) examines how to shift more oversight for apprenticeships to trade groups, labor unions and businesses, Congress is studying what types of apprenticeships work best and what types of tax credits can best support them.

We've rounded up the latest news on apprenticeship programs. Here are SHRM Online resources and news articles from other trusted media outlets.

20 Business, Government, Trade, Union Leaders to Sit on Apprenticeship Task Force

The DOL today announced the members of a presidentially mandated task force on apprenticeship. President Donald Trump signed an executive order in June to cut back the government's role in creating and monitoring apprenticeship programs and to shift more oversight power to trade groups, labor unions and businesses.

(U.S. Department of Labor)

Apprenticeship Task Force a Hard Sell

Trump signed his executive order before the August rally in Charlottesville that drew white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and at which one counter-protester was killed. Trump faulted "both sides," drawing condemnation, prompting CEOs to flee two White House business advisory councils and complicating efforts to recruit CEOs for his apprenticeship task force. 


Apprenticeships: How Earn-While-You-Learn Models Can Address Your Talent Shortage

A minority of American companies offer apprenticeships. Unlike European countries, such as Germany and Switzerland, that have made apprenticeships a preferred career path, the U.S. has maintained a focus on the four-year college degree.

(SHRM Online)

How to Improve Apprenticeships? House Committee Looks for Answers

Which internship programs are better—those registered with the federal government or a state or ones that are industry- or employer-led? Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have compared the value of these apprenticeship programs and is considering whether changes would improve workforce development.

(SHRM Online)

Senators Propose Tax Credits for Employers that Offer Apprenticeships

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate in June would provide a $5,000 tax credit to employers that hire people from registered apprenticeship programs.

(SHRM Online)

ApprenticeshipUSA Investments  

The DOL has awarded nearly $90 million in funding appropriated for the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative in hopes of doubling and diversifying Registered Apprenticeships by 2019. If your organization is interested in learning more about this initiative, the DOL has put together a fact sheet.

(U.S. Department of Labor)

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