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ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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In order to implement President Donald J. Trump's plans for expanding apprenticeships, a task force is starting to take shape, and it now involves Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman.

Bellaman was appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, a necessary component of Executive Order 13801, signed in mid-June.

The order aims to increase funding for apprenticeships, but before that can happen, the task force will submit a few deliverables, including strategies and proposals focused on four main areas, including:

  • Federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships;
  • Administrative and legislative reforms facilitating 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.

“I am excited to join Secretary Acosta’s task force to expand opportunities to citizens nationwide who want to live the American Dream while helping to build and rebuild our country,” said Bellaman.

“As the president promised in his election night acceptance speech, every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential under his administration. That sentiment will drive this task force as we work to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs for all Americans.”

The task force will represent the wide range of American companies in addition to trade, industry and educational groups.


Tagged categories: Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC); Department of Labor; Education; NA; North America; President Trump; Program/Project Management; Worker training

Comment from Tim Sampson, (10/19/2017, 8:42 AM)

One of this administration's better ideas. The real challenge is how long it will take to be implemented and will it get bogged down in politics and red tape.

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