While Congressional Democrats spent the past year determined to undo the 2016 election—President Donald J. Trump has kept one of his most important promises to voters.
Thursday July 25, 2019
Watch: 12+ million commitments and counting
The Pledge is President Trump’s commitment to making sure the booming Trump Economy benefits every American worker. As the number of job openings soars and the unemployment rate plummets to a near-50-year low, American wages are starting to rise. But that great news comes with a distinct challenge, as U.S. companies struggle to find enough workers with the right skill sets to fill all these open jobs.
That’s where the Pledge to America’s Workers comes in.
Last summer, President Trump introduced a new approach to bring more Americans off the sidelines and back into the labor force. He issued a challenge for businesses to create more career training opportunities for students and workers of all ages. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of that effort, the President invited the leaders of some of those companies—and the workers who have seen their lives change—to the White House today.
“Over the last year, more than 300 businesses and organizations, large and small, have signed our Pledge to America’s Workers, and today we celebrate reaching over 12 million pledges,” Ivanka Trump said.
Gathered in the State Dining Room of the White House earlier, the National Association of Manufacturers announced they will become the latest organization to meet the President’s challenge. With members that include American manufacturing giants such as Caterpillar and Boeing, more than 1.1 million blue-collar workers will have a chance to enhance their skills under NAM’s new pledge.
“Every single pledge is a commitment to the promise of an individual and his or her potential. We are changing the conversation on workforce development, so we can prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Ms. Trump said.
WATCH: US manufacturers pledge to train 1.2M workers
- The National Association of Manufacturers counts Caterpillar, Merck, Salesforce and Boeing as members.
- By 2028, experts estimate that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could remain vacant due to the labor shortage. But the sector is not alone in the problem.
- Other industries are also exploring ways to upskill their employees instead of trying to compete for talent in one of the tightest job markets in decades.
- Jobs of the future will largely require backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM.