President Donald J. Trump is Building a Stronger American Workforce
AMERICA NEEDS A STRONG WORKFORCE: Americans do not have sufficient access to high-quality education and workforce-development programs, causing too many jobs to remain unfilled and making it difficult for many businesses to grow.
- American workers have been left behind and jobs have been left unfilled due to insufficient access to skills-development and education programs.
- An increase in infrastructure investment will spur new projects that will further boost labor demand in infrastructure sectors, and in the broader economy.
- There are 6.3 million job openings in the United States, the highest number on record.
- There are 250,000 job openings in the construction industry.
- There are 427,000 job openings in manufacturing.
- There are 305,000 job openings in transportation, warehousing, and utilities.
- According to a February 2018 survey of small business owners by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): "22 percent of owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Business Problem."
- The survey also found that: "…90 percent of those hiring or trying to hire reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill."
- 65 percent of all jobs will require some education or training beyond high school by 2020, according to a 2014 study by Georgetown University.
EMPOWERING AMERICAN WORKERS: President Trump's infrastructure proposal will help prepare our workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow, generating greater economic opportunity for more Americans.
- The President's proposal for rebuilding infrastructure in America includes critical reforms to improve access to high-quality education and workforce-development programs.
- The proposal would expand Pell Grant eligibility to high-quality, short-term programs that lead to a credential or certification in a high-demand field, helping Americans who want a well-paying job get one more quickly.
- Currently, Pell Grant recipients cannot use their grant dollars for short-term programs.
- The President's proposal would reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) program so that more students have access to skills-focused education.
- Congress must improve the CTE program so participants are better prepared to fill jobs in high-demand fields and so more funds go to programs which are in line with local workforce needs.
- The proposal calls for several reforms to the Perkins CTE program that would:
- Direct the majority of CTE high school funding to promote strategies such as expanding apprenticeships, work-based learning, and dual-enrollment opportunities.
- Promote STEM and CTE offerings in high schools.
- Strengthen the emphasis on evidence-based research.
- Authorize funding for fast-track programs that prepare high school students for infrastructure jobs.
- President Trump's proposal would reform the Federal Work Study program to better distribute aid and ensure more participants gain relevant workplace experience.
- These reforms would increase the program's focus on quality two-year programs that promote workforce readiness.
PROMOTING GREATER OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY: The President's proposal for rebuilding infrastructure in America will further his Administration's commitment to promoting economic opportunity.
- Providing greater access to quality education and skills-development programs will help American workers fill needed, well-paying jobs.
- Workforce development programs, such as apprenticeships, have a proven track record of providing economic opportunity for American workers.
- According to Department of Labor data, over 90 percent of participants gain employment after completing apprenticeship programs and receive an average starting wage of $60,000.
- Without the burden of student loan debt, apprenticeship program graduates see a $300,000 lifetime earnings increase.
- In June 2017, the President signed an Executive Order to expand access to apprenticeships and workforce-development programs, which:
- Directed the Department of Labor to use available funding to promote apprenticeships.
- Directed the Secretary of Education to support efforts by community colleges and two-year and four-year institutions to incorporate apprenticeship programs into their curricula.
- Established a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to identify ways to promote apprenticeships.
Donald J. Trump, President Donald J. Trump is Building a Stronger American Workforce Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/335990