Ambassador McMullen Speaks at the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Apprenticeships

On December 3, 2018 Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was pleased to join Ivanka Trump, U.S. Education Secretary DeVos, U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta, U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross, Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann, and Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Martin Dahinden for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Apprenticeships in Washington, D.C. Apprenticeships are not common in the States (yet). The U.S. government is looking to create more apprenticeships and is thankful for partners like Switzerland who have many insights to share in the area of vocational education.

In addition to the MOU signing, more than 20 Swiss companies signed a pledge to provide job training to 40,000+ American workers. The program is part of the President’s Pledge to America’s Workers, which asks companies to commit to expand programs that educate, train, and reskill American workers from high-school age to near-retirement.