Thu July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta outlined the Trump Administration’s plans and priorities for supporting apprenticeship programs across the country in an address Wednesday morning to the 2017 Plastics Industry Fly-In. Hosted by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the American Chemistry Council, the International Association of Plastics Distributors, the Plastics Pipe Institute the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors and the American Mold Builders Association, the Plastics Industry Fly-In annually welcomes plastics workers from around the U.S. to Washington, D.C. to advocate for their industry.

Acosta’s address focused on the following key points:

  • The Trump Administration’s support for the U.S. plastics industry and its continued growth through skills-based training and education.
    • “This administration is committed to supporting an environment that allows the manufacturing industry to expanding and innovating. Its continued growth is dependent on its ability to find workers. Today we have a mismatch between the skills the workforce demands and the skills our workforce has. To overcome this skills gap, we need  to implement demand-driven education; education that focuses on teaching the skills required to get good paying jobs in the workforce.”
  • The Trump Administration’s investment in creating new apprenticeship programs to address this skills gap.
    • “The U.S. Department of Labor will work with industry groups, companies, unions, non-profits and educational institutions to expand apprenticeship programs across the U.S. This type of partnership is critical because you know what your industry needs more than we know what your industry needs.”

“The plastics industry fully supports efforts by the Administration to create new apprenticeship programs that will help plastics companies across the U.S. fill their numerous available positions,” said PLASTICS Vice President of Government Affairs Scott DeFife. “We were honored to have Secretary Acosta join us at this year’s Fly-In and look forward to working with him and the Administration to train the next generation of American workers and show the public how fulfilling careers in manufacturing can really be.”

This year’s Fly-In participants took part in nearly 100 meetings with elected officials and their staff on the Hill, arguing in favor of policies that support U.S. plastics, which employs 954,000 people and generates $418 billion for the U.S. economy each year.