The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the launch of the “Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.”
The Task Force features three cabinet-level officials, several CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, representatives of key worker unions, and leaders from key lobbying groups.
The Task Force’s mission is to “identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.”
Among the areas that will be specifically addressed: federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships; administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs; effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships; and the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships.
Establishing a USA Workforce Tax Credit would be a positive action for the administration’s laudable goal. By encouraging individual and corporate donations to expand scholarships that support apprenticeship training, workforce preparation initiatives, and K-12 education we could get more Americans playing an active role in our economy.