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.
Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion 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
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.
Interested parties can obtain more detailed subcommittee descriptions here (PDF).
The final Task Force Meeting on Apprenticeship Expansion took place at the White House on May 10, 2018.
The fourth Task Force Meeting on Apprenticeship Expansion took place virtually on April 10, 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.
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.