Another Trump failure. Ian Killgren writes on Politico:
Two years after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would “create apprenticeships for millions of our citizens,” not a single apprenticeship program has been created under the program, nor a single person trained.
The Trump admin. has been deadly slow with its initiatives. One of the problems has been its own bureauocracy.
The new “industry-recognized” apprenticeship programs would be designed and operated by private business groups with expertise in their fields. By creating a system outside the Labor Department’s registered apprenticeship program — which historically has emphasized construction and other union jobs — the administration would, the thinking went, be able to cut red tape and encourage businesses to take the lead.
“One of the challenges that we’ve been picking through very methodically to try to draft this rule," a senior White House official told POLITICO, “is understanding how to get the balance right — how to ensure sufficient protections of quality for participating students and participating apprentices, and how to actually provide the smaller employers in particular the flexibility they need.”
The idea was criticized from the start by Democrats, who said it lacked a proper mechanism for quality control.
If this had been “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump would have said, “You’re fired!” Maybe the voters will fire him in 2020.