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May 10, 2018
By U.S. Department of Labor

Final Report to the President of the United States

Apprenticeship programs, when implemented effectively, provide workers with a career path featuring paid on-the-job training, skills development, and mentorship, while at the same time providing employers with a steady source of highly trained and productive workers. These programs have the potential to grow into a critical and successful component of America’s workforce strategy, but are currently underutilized. Meanwhile, the American higher education system is churning out a pool of in-debt job seekers who are not equipped to meet the skills needs of many employers in the modern American economy. Recognizing this state of affairs, President Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13801, Expanding Apprenticeships in America, which required the establishment of a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to identify strategies and recommendations to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.