An executive with the Associated Builders and Contractors has been appointed to a White House task force on apprenticeships.
Michael D. Bellaman, the association’s CEO, will be working with Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to develop strategies to boost private-sector investments in apprenticeships and federal efforts to promote them.
“I am excited to join Secretary Acosta’s task force to expand opportunities to citizens nationwide who want to live the American Dream while helping to build and rebuild our country,” said Bellaman. “As the president promised in his election night acceptance speech, every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential under his administration. That sentiment will drive this task force as we work to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs for all Americans.”
ABC says there’s at least 500,000 positions available for skilled construction workers, which apprentice programs could help fill.
“This is an opportune moment for the next generation of American workers and a valuable step for the American economy,” Bellaman said. “Regardless of their access to higher education, all Americans deserve the chance to acquire a variety of skills that can lead to high-paying and fulfilling careers. I am ready to collaborate with my task force colleagues to recommend to the Trump administration the most effective strategies to expand apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.”