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Secretary Raimondo Outlines Agenda to Increase American Competitiveness

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Thank you, David, for that introduction. It’s an honor to be here with you all today. Over the past six months, I’ve had an opportunity to define how the Commerce Department contributes to President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Our strategy is designed to achieve an overarching goal: to improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies succeed in the global...

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The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeships: A Business Perspective

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In 2014, President Obama set out an ambitious goal to double the number of apprenticeships to 750,000 by the end of 2018 and to diversify them as well. This year the half-million mark was passed. However, despite their increasing popularity and the proven benefit to workers, apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States, especially from the point of view of U.S. employers. The...