Biden Signs Executive Order Ending Trump Industry Apprenticeship Program

US President Joe Biden revokes another executive order signed by his predecessor

Former President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13801 in 2017, and his Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) allowed “trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, and joint labor-management organizations” to develop their very own apprenticeship programs and help workers the skills they need but that universities are not offering, or are offering at a high cost.

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“Registered Apprenticeships” thrived under US labor policy for decades. The Obama administration approved more funding back in the days. However, critics explain that the government-controlled model regulated by the Department of Labor is actually holding back the growth of apprenticeships. Trump’s order allowed industries and unions to create their own programs that wouldn’t depend on the government.

The Washington Post released an article on the new policy:

“Trump signed an executive order that seeks to reorient and expand ApprenticeshipUSA, a grant program that was previously championed by the Obama administration and has been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.
The administration’s aim, White House officials say, is to give more flexibility to third parties — including businesses, trade associations, and labor unions — to design programs that will offer skills training to those who are seeking jobs for which they are not yet qualified.

Under current rules, the Labor Department is too heavy-handed in crafting the programs, they argue.”

Left-wing groups and congressional Democrats disapproved of Trump’s order. According to the Center for American Progress, the former President was building “a parallel track that lacks adequate worker protections” that allows for “the proliferation of low-quality programs.”

Democrats opposed Trump’s system. “Democrats in Congress blocked funding and the implementing regulations weren’t finalized until last year,” Bloomberg News reported.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Education and Labor, opposed Biden’s change:

“President Biden’s move to end IRAPs will kill jobs. Period. Doubling down on an inefficient, 80-year-old system that is unresponsive to workers’ needs is not a solution, it is irresponsible.

“In the last four months 131 IRAPs have been created, the vast majority of which are for nursing credentials. Why a party that claims to follow science would limit nursing credentials during a global pandemic is beyond me.

“Instead of catering to union bosses and increasing Washington’s overreach into the private sector, we should support and encourage efforts to cut the regulatory red tape that stops too many employers from filling in-demand jobs. Employer-led apprenticeship programs account for more than 80 percent of all apprenticeship programs nationwide. The success of these programs should come as no surprise, employers know best what skills their employees need to excel in the workplace.

Biden’s White House says the new policy is more like “expanding registered apprenticeship programs,” with a view to training “diverse, local, well-trained workers who have a choice to join a union.”

The White House says industry-run apprenticeships “have fewer quality standards than registered apprenticeship programs” and adding that they “fail to require the wage progression” that happens when related to union-backed, government-run programs.

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Source: Breitbart

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