Business Roundtable Welcomes White House Action to Boost Workforce Development

July 19, 2018

Washington – Business Roundtable today released the following statement on the Administration’s newly announced National Council for the American Worker and American Workforce Policy Advisory Board:

“Business Roundtable is grateful for the leadership of the Trump Administration — especially Ivanka Trump and Secretaries Acosta, Ross and DeVos — in this crucial effort to help more Americans develop the skills needed for career success,” said Wes Bush, Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman and Chairman of the Business Roundtable Education and Workforce Committee. “Today, millions of U.S. jobs are going unfilled because the skills of too many workers do not match the real-world needs of America’s employers. This partnership between business leaders and the Administration will expand high-quality training programs that align skills to employer needs and provide America’s workers with the right tools to excel in the jobs of today and tomorrow.” 
“Business Roundtable welcomes the Administration’s efforts to provide all Americans with greater opportunities to learn new talents and build fulfilling careers,” said Joshua Bolten, President & CEO of Business Roundtable. “Workforce development is a top priority for Business Roundtable CEOs, who are engaged and invested in solving this pressing challenge for our economy through efforts such as the Roundtable’s Workforce Partnership Initiative. We look forward to partnering with the Administration to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce for a stronger economic future.”

Today’s White House action on workforce development comes amid ongoing efforts by Business Roundtable CEOs to meet changing skills needs and expand quality job opportunities in the United States. In June, Business Roundtable launched the Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI). Starting in seven U.S. regions, this CEO-led effort will build public-private partnerships with government, colleges and universities to accelerate best-in-class workforce readiness programs and strengthen the pipeline of talented, diverse American workers. To learn more about the WPI, please click here.