As part of the administration's "workforce development week", the president's push to train a new generation of workers is geared at matching workers with millions of open jobs and thus, closing the phenomenon known as the "skills gap", the disparity between the skills employers want and those applicants have.
The new executive order directs the Department of Labor to "use available funding to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeships are not now widespread".
Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said this week she was happy President Trump was focusing on apprenticeships, but concerned that his budget cuts a billion dollars for other job-training programs.
"We are excited about working with the administration to help create more job and career opportunities in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry through apprenticeship", National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Executive Vice President Rob Gifford said in an NRA news release.
"Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees".
"There aren't enough people to fill the jobs and the people applying don't have the skills necessary", said Conor Smyth, spokesman for the Wisconsin Technical College System, where President and Ivanka Trump, Acosta and Walker were visiting.
Critics say Trump shouldn't be promoting apprenticeships while he also proposes cutting federal money for job training by as much as 40 percent - from $2.7 billion to $1.6 billion. To offer apprenticeships, companies now have to register with the Labor Department and adhere to specific government guidelines.
Interest in the state's apprenticeship programs is growing. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have teamed up with an exceptionally effective spokesperson in the Trump Administration, Ivanka, to promote apprenticeships as a centerpiece of a developing and educated American workforce.
Participants in some apprentice programmes receive on-the-job training while going to school, sometimes with companies footing the bill.
The executive order is more of a directive and less a dramatic change in administrative policy.
Officials said the work would be done with a strategic use of available funds from the ApprenticeshipUSA program, which was funded at $90 million this year, and for which Trump has requested the same amount next year.
The shortages for specifically-trained workers cut across multiple job sectors beyond Mr Trump's beloved construction trades. "That workforce challenge is why we see leading organizations starting their own training-apprenticeship-mentoring programs, thus building their own future workforce".
The White House is seeking to focus attention on Trump's economic agenda amid scrutiny over a federal investigation into possible coordination between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
"There are 6 million vacant jobs in the United States, the highest number since 1980", it said, adding that according to a 2014 Georgetown University study, by 2020, some form of education or training beyond high school will be required for 65 per cent of all jobs.style="text-align: center;"