(The White House, 11/10/17)
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK, 2017
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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.