A relatively minor investment in retraining would allow the majority of coal workers to switch to solar-related positions.
President Donald J. Trump signs an executive order placing an emphasis on apprenticeships and vocational training, despite deep proposed cuts to the Department of Labor’s funding for training and employment services.
It's incredibly important to be educated as you almost don't stand a chance without it. However, it is important to accept and equally appreciate the fact that education can indeed come outside the walls of a university. Whether as an apprentice or an undergrad, we have great chances to excel in the fields we find ourselves. We must seize them. We owe ourselves that much.
Mexico might not pay for the Trump wall, but Mexicans most certainly will build it. The reason: There is a critical labor shortage in the United States of skilled craftsmen and women.
With business elites and political leaders from both parties decisively believing that the issue of income inequality and the erosion of the American middle class pose considerable threats, then the time is surely right to engage in the pursuit of workable solutions to those problems.
As a country, having enough people trained in the skills that apprenticeships provide could keep many jobs from going overseas. We should commit ourselves to apprenticeship programs. As one student said to me: "Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to the middle class."
As our nation celebrates "National Apprenticeship Week," it is worth noting that for over 100 years North America's Building Trades Unions and its signatory contractors have funded and operated a skilled craft apprenticeship system that is the envy of the world.