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Plan to Avoid Skills Shortage
COUNCIL CREATED TO HELP TRAIN SKILLED TRADE JOBS
A2016-17 Talent Shortage Survey by Manpower cites that skilled trade jobs – including electricians, carpenters, welders, plasterers
and other people you need to keep
your building maintained – are the
hardest to fill.
To address that, President Trump
recently signed an executive order
establishing the National Council for
the American Worker and the American
Workforce Policy Advisory Board.
The council was formed to tackle the
skills workforce crisis in the U.S. and give
American workers training to fill skilled
trade jobs. The purpose of the executive
order is to “foster an environment of
lifelong learning and skills-based training
and cultivate a demand-driven approach
Among the council's initial tasks are to:
■ Develop a national campaign to raise
awareness of matters considered by
the council. This includes the nature
of many careers in the trades and
manufacturing, as well as the need
for companies to invest in training
and re-training their workers; also
more clearly define the skills and
competencies jobs require.
■ Design a plan for recognizing companies that demonstrate excellence
in workplace education, training and
re-training policies; and investments
to galvanize industries to identify and
adopt best practices, innovate their
policies and invest in their workforces.
■ Examine how Congress and the
executive branch can work with other
Create and increase the use of
credentials by experienced workers
seeking further education; displaced
workers who need new skills to
secure new jobs; students enrolled
in postsecondary education; and
younger Americans who are explor-
ing career and education options
before entering the workforce.
Increase apprenticeship, earn-and-
learn and work-based learning
Expand the use of online learning
Increase the number of partnerships around the country between
companies, local educational institutions and other entities to understand the types of skills that are
required by employers.
Examine public and private sector expenditures, including tax
expenditures, related to providing
Americans with knowledge and
skills that will enable them to succeed in the workplace at various
stages of life (such as during primary and secondary education, postsecondary education, continuing
professional development and re-training) and make suggestions for
reforms in order to serve American
workers and students better.
National trade organizations attended
the National Council for the American
Worker. Among them was the Signatory
Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance,
which pledged to provide at least
50,000 people with high-quality career
training opportunities over the next five
This will be done through the joint
labor-management training programs
that alliance members help to fund with
their union partners.
“We appreciate the priority that
the President and Secretary of Labor
[Alexander] Acosta are placing on
expanding the benefits of privately-fund-ed, high-quality apprenticeship programs
and skills training beyond the unionized
construction industry,” Matt Townsend,
alliance president, said in a statement.
“These efforts are critical to ensuring
America has the workforce it needs and
that our young people and veterans have
the opportunities they deserve.”
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