US Labor Secretary Acosta Trumpets Building Trades Apprenticeship Training Model

As part of the White House kick-off for “Workforce Development Week,” US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta paid a visit to the White House briefing room on June 12 where he praised the Building Trades’ apprenticeship training infrastructure as a model for other industries to replicate.

“…if you look into building trades,” said Secretary Acosta, “there’s almost a billion that’s spent every year, and that’s all private sector money.  The building trades have put together labor management organizations that jointly invest in these apprenticeship programs because they know both on the labor side and the management side that a skilled workforce is critical to the building trades.  And that’s how it’s worked for a number of years.”

“Workforce Development Week” was conceived by the Trump Administration as a means to promote the expansion of apprenticeships in America.