Workforce development is in the national spotlight, and last week the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute joined President Donald Trump when he signed an executive order on a new national workforce strategy. As Ivanka Trump outlined last week in The Wall Street Journal, the strategy includes a new National Council for the American Worker, an outside advisory board, and a “Pledge to America’s Workers” from American business.
We encourage all members of the manufacturing community to commit to the Pledge and reply back to us directly so that we can inform the White House that Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is dedicated to this cause.
In line with manufacturers’ priorities, and at our urging, the administration is placing a focus on apprenticeships and training to prepare more workers for the technology-intensive jobs of the future. We have been proud to partner with the administration on initiatives like the Labor Department’s apprenticeship task force and Manufacturing Day, and we look forward to continue engaging with them to make this newest strategy a success.
The White House’s priorities are in the right place and complement the many workforce initiatives underway at the NAM and the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute such as Manufacturing Day, Creators Wanted, the NAM State of Manufacturing Tour, Heroes MAKE America, STEP Ahead, Skills Gap Surveyand Dream It. Do It.
On social media today, the NAM is promoting content telling the story of modern manufacturing and the rewarding, meaningful opportunities our industry offers. We are having the voices of manufacturers taking over our Twitter account and letting them speak for themselves and our industry.
We encourage you to share this content and your own today as we seize this opportunity and the national stage.
To sign the pledge, click here.