Corporations pledge to train 4 million workers

Corporations pledge to train 4 million workers
July 20 10:20 2018 Print This Article

President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka announced the Pledge to America’s Workers program Thursday at the White House. The Trumps were joined by 23 corporate CEOs and trade association leaders who pledged to train about four million workers during the next five years. The apprenticeship and skill-building programs will apply to students and adults. Ivanka said that America is currently experiencing a “vocational crisis” and that the more than 40 government job training programs have not been effective in training workers for the jobs in demand.

President Trump said, “America is blessed with the greatest workers anywhere in the world. And today, we are taking historic steps to ensure that every American has a chance to realize his or her full potential.” Trump praised the participating ¬†corporations and trade associations and remarked, “We’re just getting started!” There are an estimated 6.6 million job vacancies in the American economy.

Among the Charleston-area participants in the program are Boeing, FedEx, UPS, Walmart, and Home Depot. Trade groups which impact the local workforce include the Association of General Contractors, National Association of Homebuilders, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation.

The program will include a national campaign to raise awareness of workforce issues, including the job skills in demand, and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in K-12 schools. Trump’s executive order also called for the formation of a National Council for the American Worker to monitor jobs skills in demand and partner with sponsors to provide workers with those skills and certifications.