U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently met with a Swiss delegation to share ideas on workforce development and apprenticeships that are needed to build a skilled workforce.
Following the meeting, Acosta indicated that Swiss prototypes might be successfully emulated in the U.S., a Labor Department release said.
Acosta met with Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, who serves as the leader of Switzerland’s Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, and additional envoys in Washington, D.C.
To date, 30 businesses that maintain headquarters in Switzerland have expressed commitment to extending their apprenticeship models to their respective U.S. locations.
“The Trump administration is drawing from the successful apprenticeship models that many of our neighbors around the world, like Switzerland, have enjoyed,” Acosta said in the release.. “I look forward to continue working with our neighbors as businesses begin to expand quality apprenticeships in the United States.”
“It’s critical (that) American workers have the most up-to-date skills to compete in our global, ever accelerating economy,” Acosta said in the release.
Acosta’s discussion with Swiss officials serves to strengthen the White House Office of American Innovation, an office launched by President Donald Trump in March to curtail bureaucracy, the release said.