National Apprenticeship Week, 2017, 55303-55304 [2017-25244]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 222 / Monday, November 20, 2017 / Presidential Documents 55303 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9676 of November 10, 2017 National Apprenticeship Week, 2017 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Apprenticeship Week, we recognize the important role apprenticeships play in unleashing the American workforce. Americans are known for our remarkable productivity, industriousness, and innovative thinking. By pairing these valued traits with the right training, our Nation can renew one of our greatest assets—the American worker. Affordable education options and training opportunities that lead to stable, well-paying jobs are critical for the health and well-being of our families and communities. Our Nation’s existing higher education system, however, does not always provide the right forms of training. According to a recent survey, only 11 percent of employers strongly agreed that America’s institutions of higher education are teaching graduates the skills their companies need. At the same time, the cost of college is rising, putting it out of reach for many and burdening others with increasing amounts of student debt. Those in the class of 2015 who borrowed to finance their education graduated with nearly $30,000 in student debt, on average. During the past administration, the stagnation of wages, which increased by less than six-tenths of 1 percent per year, and education costs that ballooned by more than 20 percent, prevented too many Americans from getting the skills they need to thrive in today’s workforce. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Apprenticeships provide an alternative path to a high-paying job by providing opportunities to gain real-world skills while earning a paycheck. In addition, research suggests that graduates of apprenticeship programs earn $300,000 more throughout their lifetime than non-apprentices working in the same field. Because new jobs in our 21st century economy—from healthcare to advanced manufacturing—demand technical skills, apprenticeship programs are uniquely able to provide the affordable and relevant training workers need to fill in-demand jobs throughout the economy. My Administration has taken important steps to promote and expand apprenticeships. The Department of Labor is fully implementing my Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America, which directs it to work with other Federal departments and agencies to make it easier for companies to create and grow apprenticeship programs. It also directs the agencies to explore ways to support the development of apprenticeships in industries where the earn-and-learn model has been historically underutilized, including in key sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, cybersecurity, and information technology. This week, I challenge businesses, educational institutions, and government entities to expand apprenticeship opportunities and other quality job-training programs to help open more doors for more Americans. As we put the education and training of our people first, American companies will join us by rededicating their efforts to hire American. Together, we will build an even stronger workforce and provide new and exciting opportunities for generations of Americans to learn, earn, and succeed. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Nov 17, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\20NOD1.SGM 20NOD1 55304 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 222 / Monday, November 20, 2017 / Presidential Documents NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 13 through November 19, 2017, as National Apprenticeship Week. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortysecond. [FR Doc. 2017–25244 Filed 11–17–17; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 Nov 17, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\20NOD1.SGM 20NOD1 Trump.EPS</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Billing code 3295–F8–P

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 222 (Monday, November 20, 2017)]
[Presidential Documents]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-25244]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 82 , No. 222 / Monday, November 20, 2017 / 
Presidential Documents

[[Page 55303]]


                Proclamation 9676 of November 10, 2017

                
National Apprenticeship Week, 2017

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                During National Apprenticeship Week, we recognize the 
                important role apprenticeships play in unleashing the 
                American workforce. Americans are known for our 
                remarkable productivity, industriousness, and 
                innovative thinking. By pairing these valued traits 
                with the right training, our Nation can renew one of 
                our greatest assets--the American worker.

                Affordable education options and training opportunities 
                that lead to stable, well-paying jobs are critical for 
                the health and well-being of our families and 
                communities. Our Nation's existing higher education 
                system, however, does not always provide the right 
                forms of training. According to a recent survey, only 
                11 percent of employers strongly agreed that America's 
                institutions of higher education are teaching graduates 
                the skills their companies need.

                At the same time, the cost of college is rising, 
                putting it out of reach for many and burdening others 
                with increasing amounts of student debt. Those in the 
                class of 2015 who borrowed to finance their education 
                graduated with nearly $30,000 in student debt, on 
                average. During the past administration, the stagnation 
                of wages, which increased by less than six-tenths of 1 
                percent per year, and education costs that ballooned by 
                more than 20 percent, prevented too many Americans from 
                getting the skills they need to thrive in today's 
                workforce.

                Apprenticeships provide an alternative path to a high-
                paying job by providing opportunities to gain real-
                world skills while earning a paycheck. In addition, 
                research suggests that graduates of apprenticeship 
                programs earn $300,000 more throughout their lifetime 
                than non-apprentices working in the same field. Because 
                new jobs in our 21st century economy--from healthcare 
                to advanced manufacturing--demand technical skills, 
                apprenticeship programs are uniquely able to provide 
                the affordable and relevant training workers need to 
                fill in-demand jobs throughout the economy.

                My Administration has taken important steps to promote 
                and expand apprenticeships. The Department of Labor is 
                fully implementing my Executive Order on Expanding 
                Apprenticeships in America, which directs it to work 
                with other Federal departments and agencies to make it 
                easier for companies to create and grow apprenticeship 
                programs. It also directs the agencies to explore ways 
                to support the development of apprenticeships in 
                industries where the earn-and-learn model has been 
                historically underutilized, including in key sectors 
                such as manufacturing, healthcare, cybersecurity, and 
                information technology.

                This week, I challenge businesses, educational 
                institutions, and government entities to expand 
                apprenticeship opportunities and other quality job-
                training programs to help open more doors for more 
                Americans. As we put the education and training of our 
                people first, American companies will join us by 
                rededicating their efforts to hire American. Together, 
                we will build an even stronger workforce and provide 
                new and exciting opportunities for generations of 
                Americans to learn, earn, and succeed.

[[Page 55304]]

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim November 13 through 
                November 19, 2017, as National Apprenticeship Week.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                second.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2017-25244
Filed 11-17-17; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F8-P