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Apprenticeships Key to Solving Workforce Skills Gap, CEOs Say

Top leaders in business and government on Wednesday called for an intense focus on developing apprenticeship programs and other pathways that can connect young people to good jobs and help meet the labor market’s need for skilled workers.

In an event sponsored by the Business Rountable, the U.S. Secretary of Labor and an aide to President Donald J. Trump gathered with the CEOs of three big corporations and two U.S. senators to call attention to companies’ persistent difficulty finding employees with the sets of skills they require.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta offered a glimpse into the administration’s approach to the skills gap, saying that too many pipelines de-emphasize experiential learning. Few do what medical school does, he said: require a blend of classroom and on-the-job learning.