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More employers should sign this pledge and help close the skills gap

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10.05.2019

Wage growth for U.S. workers hit its fastest pace in a decade this year, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s recent efforts to drive economic resurgence. And a key element of the White House's future strategy to grow our economy and ensure American jobs is the administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, spearheaded by advisor to the president Ivanka Trump.

The Pledge, which was announced in July 2018, calls upon employers to expand programs that educate, train and reskill American workers while creating more jobs through retraining. Already, employers across the country have pledged some seven million total opportunities – from creating new jobs to reskilling programs to leadership courses. Companies that pledge to offer opportunities to workers commit to doing so within the next five years.

These impressive opportunities will address America’s ever-widening skills gap. A Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™survey about workforce needs reports 92 percent of executives expect to need more employees with technical skills over the next five years – but three-quarters of executives say it’s difficult to find candidates with the right skills and abilities today.

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