Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

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About the Task Force

The June 15, 2017, Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America called for the Secretary of Labor to create and chair the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to "identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient." To meet this challenge, Secretary Alexander Acosta brought together representatives from companies, labor unions, trade associations, educational institutions, and public agencies. "These distinguished participants understand that expanding apprenticeships is essential not only to our economy, but to put more Americans on the path to good, safe, family-sustaining careers."

Together, members of the Task Force pooled their expertise to meet this goal. The work of the Task Force was aided greatly by the Vice-Chairs, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump added great insight during the meetings. The centerpiece of the work of the Task Force is its proposal to build on the apprenticeship concept by creating a pathway to new, industry-recognized apprenticeships. The final report lays out that proposal as the first step toward the goal of expanding apprenticeships broadly over the next five years. Pursuant to the Executive Order, the Task Force terminated 30 days after submission of the final report to the President.

Members

  • Chair – Secretary Alexander Acosta, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Vice-Chair – Secretary Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education
  • Vice-Chair – Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Michael Bellaman, President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Joshua Bolten, President and CEO, Business Roundtable
  • Walter Bumphus, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Wesley Bush, Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman
  • The Honorable Dennis Daugaard, Governor, South Dakota
  • Emily Stover DeRocco, Founder & CEO, E3 Engage Educate Employ
  • Cari Dominguez, Director, Manpower Inc.
  • Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Montez King, Executive Director, National Institute for Metalworking Skills
  • Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical Company
  • Katherine Lugar, President and CEO, American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Douglas J. McCarron, General President, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
  • Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building Trades Unions
  • Marc H. Morial, CEO, National Urban League
  • John Ratzenberger, workforce training advocate
  • The Honorable Kim Reynolds, Governor, Iowa
  • Mark B. Rosenberg, Board of Directors, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
  • Joseph Sellers Jr., General President, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
  • Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association
  • Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

Subcommittees

Pursuant to the Executive Order and the Task Force Charter, the final report addressed the following four topics: (1) federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships; (2) administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs; (3) the most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships; and (4) the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships. In order to accomplish this goal, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta established the following four subcommittees.

  1. Expanding Access, Equity and Career Awareness Subcommittee
  2. Administrative and Regulatory Strategies to Expand Apprenticeship Subcommittee
  3. Attracting Business to Apprenticeship Subcommittee
  4. Education and Credentialing Subcommittee

Interested parties can obtain more detailed subcommittee descriptions here (PDF).

Meetings

May 10, 2018

The final Task Force Meeting on Apprenticeship Expansion took place at the White House on May 10, 2018.

April 10, 2018 — Virtual Meeting

The fourth Task Force Meeting on Apprenticeship Expansion took place virtually on April 10, 2018.

March 15, 2018

The third meeting of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion was held on March 15, 2018, at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.

February 6, 2018 — Virtual Meeting

The second Task Force Meeting on Apprenticeship Expansion took place virtually on February 6, 2018.

November 13, 2017

The first meeting of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion was held on November 13, 2017, at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion in America gather for a photo following the first meeting.

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