During the closing evening at the GOP Convention, workforce issues took center stage with a presentation by Stacia Brightmon, a Marine Corps veteran and single mom that found her calling and career path through an apprenticeship program championed by the Trump Administration spearheaded by the President’s daughter Ivanka. Specifically, Ms. Brightmon a Safety Document Specialist at S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd. referenced her company’s “Women in Construction Earn While You Learn” apprentice program. Initiatives like this, and others, have been the center piece of the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board programs launched by the Trump Administration; that also partner with FindSomethingNew.org which provides a portal to new workforce opportunities.
CIRT has been reporting on various aspects of the current Administration’s focus on alternative job paths, including apprenticeships, for some time (See e.g., CIRT stories dated 02/12/20, 02/11/20, etc.). This extraordinary emphasis seems to reflect the President’s background in the building industry.