"Apprenticeships create more affordable education and job training, especially for those Americans who want to work in the hospitality, restaurant and foodservice industry", NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said in the organization's news release.
The new apprenticeships, which will include training in occupations like financial services and health care, as well as more traditional fields like manufacturing, would not have to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, as is encouraged now.
How many people participate in apprenticeship programs? Those programs would then be left to industry to design under broad standards from the Labor Department. "And that's exactly what they did".
"We're empowering these companies, these unions, industry groups, federal agencies to go out and create new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens".
But the White House did not respond to additional questions about squaring the possible budget cuts with the expansion of this program. "I don't think it's feasible". Indeed, the president's proposal-which comes on the heels of his budget proposal that would gut job training programs-would make it easier for low-quality providers to access already limited federal funds.
While announcing his executive order - Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America - the president said thanked his daughter, Ivanka, for her leadership on the matter.
President Trump's budget, he's proposed a 40 percent cut in job training.
But the NRA is responsible for one of the relatively few existing apprenticeship programs and previous year, the organization's educational foundation was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Labor to create the first ever federally registered hospitality sector apprenticeship program.
In his remarks, Trump said apprenticeships teach striving Americans the skills they need to operate incredible machines.
The administration's aim, according to White House officials, is to give more flexibility to third parties - including businesses, trade associations and labor unions - to design programs that will offer skills training to those who are seeking jobs for which they are not yet qualified.
President Donald Trump endorsed the idea of apprenticeships for U.S. young people on Tuesday. It calls for federally funded education and workforce development programs that don't work to be "improved or eliminated so that taxpayer dollars can be channeled to more effective uses".
He said he really likes the phrase, "Earn while you learn".
Participants in some apprentice programs get on-the-job training while going to school, sometimes with companies footing the bill.
The White House has said it wants growth industries that historically have not focused much on apprenticeships, including health care, IT and manufacturing, to expand their offerings.
Acosta said Monday that the policy would revolve around encouraging more partnerships between business and schools rather than increasing the $90 million the federal government now devotes to apprenticeships.
Trump also says at a round table conversation at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin that he loves the "name Apprentice" - a reference to the reality television show he used to host.
The Trump administration has yet to spell out how it would close the completion gap.