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U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Opens Nominations for the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is inviting interested persons to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The creation of the task force is a key step in implementing President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to expand apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships are a cornerstone of President Trump’s plan to close the skills gap and ensure the American workforce is prepared to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion’s recommendations will serve as vital guidance for the U.S. Department of Labor as we work with industry groups, companies, unions, non-profits and educational institutions to expand apprenticeship programs across the U.S.”

The task force, which will be chaired by Secretary Acosta, has been asked to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are currently insufficient. The task force’s final report to the President will offer recommendations on federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships, administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs, the most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships, and the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships.

The U.S. Department of Labor and the White House Office of American Innovation are committed to increasing the number of quality apprenticeships, including expansion into high-growth, emerging sectors where apprenticeships have historically been rare.

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Employment and Training Administration
July 24, 2017
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Media Contact: Egan Reich
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