Jun 15, 2017

Trump's work order will bolster $1.8 million restaurant program

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President Trump signed an executive order today that will expand apprenticeship opportunities in the U.S.

The National Restaurant Association — which announced in February its upcoming education program that will place "place more than 400 individuals in apprenticeships in the restaurant, foodservice and hotel and lodging industries" — told Axios via email:

"The restaurant industry fully supports the President's Executive Order and thanks the President and Secretary Acosta for their continued focus on apprenticeships – a proven recognized path to full and rewarding careers," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

Why it matters: The restaurant industry provides jobs for approximately 14.7 million people in the U.S., making it the second-largest industry for private sector employment. This executive order will further support apprenticeship programs for industries like these and others that want to help Americans have better access to vocational jobs and training.

The order proposes a policy to help "prepare workers to fill both existing and newly created jobs and to prepare workers for the jobs of the future." Specifically, that means the administration is focusing on creating and supporting apprenticeship programs that will help Americans receive vocational training.

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