The White House American Workforce Advisory Board that Includes Apple's CEO, call for an Unprecedented Investment in Digital Infrastructure
It's being report today that the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which is co-chaired by White House adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and includes Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson and IBM Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty, plans to call for "an unprecedented investment in digital infrastructure."
The board’s efforts are aimed at helping connect displaced workers with pathways to upgrade their skills and learn new skills so they can move into "good jobs in rebounding fields as the health crisis abates and the economy begins to recover," according to a White House official briefed on the plan.
The official said in recapping the board’s message: "Our nation cannot achieve a satisfactory post-pandemic recovery unless the technological infrastructure is in place to connect and empower all Americans to participate in the workforce."
The board wants governments "to streamline occupational licensing, education requirements, reduce the cost of licensing, and increase reciprocity" and urges the federal government to "allow student financial aid for high-quality, short-term, market-aligned credential programs."
Workforce issues have taken on new importance as the coronavirus pandemic has decimated the economy.
In a statement, Ross said the advisory board’s meeting comes at a "challenging" time, but expressed confidence the president’s policies will lead to a rapid rebound.
Ivanka Trump said in a separate statement that the board will work to find "solutions to combat the job loss caused by this pandemic and help the unemployed get reconnected to the workforce." For more, read the full Reuters report.