States Promoting Apprenticeships, Fulfilling Pres. Trump’s Initiative

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 photo, with the help of Daphne Jackson, Hanover Central senior Tyler Sadler operates an excavator simulator in Crown Point, Ind. Students received hands-on demonstrations of what the work is like and learned about apprenticeship programs that could lead to high-paying union jobs. (John J. Watkins/The Times via AP)

December 11, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Several states are promoting apprenticeship programs following President Trump’s challenge to fill skilled positions within the workforce.

The president launched the Apprenticeship Initiative in June as a way for young adults to have high-paying jobs without student debt.

States like South Carolina are helping businesses become certified for training so they can have workers to fill future positions.

Arkansas is rewarding employers who hire a student apprentice with a $2,000 tax credit or 10 percent of the worker’s pay.

Other states are offering tax credits based on equipment purchased for the program.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 photo, second year apprentice Olaf Hemdal from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 helps Hobart High School senior Jasmine Willis assemble a tool tray made from sheet metal in Crown Point, Ind. Students received hands-on demonstrations of what the work is like and learned about apprenticeship programs that could lead to high-paying union jobs. (John J. Watkins/The Times via AP)