President Donald Trump delivers a speech and signs an executive order Thursday on his administration’s workforce development initiatives. The initiatives focus on skill building programs like trade schools and apprenticeship programs that train workers for high-paying jobs without the costs of expensive four-year schools.
Employers are praising the initiatives hoping that they will help them fill the over two million jobs for which there are not enough skilled workers.
If successful it could be the first substantial rise in the labor force participation rate in decades.
The speech is scheduled for 11:00 AM Eastern Time.