A White House advisory panel is focusing on the development of tech infrastructure by urging the government and private companies to work together to support future American jobs and provide the formidable way out for a solid economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. According to a White House official, the advisory board viewed that the US needed technological support for the groups including currently displaces workers to set them ready for the post-pandemic economic recovery.
White House Panel Calls for Technological Investment
The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which is co-chaired by White House adviser Ivanka Trump and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, urged American companies to make “unprecedented investment in digital infrastructure.” The board includes some other business tycoons and advisors such as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marillyn Hewson, and IBM’s Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty.
According to a White House official briefed on Tuesday, the board has considered launching projects to help upgrade the skills of the displaced workers so that they can land into “good jobs in rebounding fields as the health crisis abates and the economy begins to recover.” The official added, reflecting 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 official said that the board would urge 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.”
US Worries about Workforce Issues
The US government has been under pressure due to concerns related to country’s workforce issues since the virus pandemic had forced companies to lay off employees and, as a result, a million Americans became jobless and the economy is gradually rolling towards a deep recession.
A source reported that the US lost 20.5 million jobs in April, which was the steepest plunge since the Great Depression and the unemployment rate surged to 14.7% that shattered the post-World War Two record of 10.8% in November 1982.
In a statement, Ross said the advisory board was looking forward to a positive aspect of the US economy rebound. Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump, said in a separate statement the board would work to find “solutions to combat the job loss caused by this pandemic and help the unemployed get reconnected to the workforce.”
Explaining the aims of the board, IBM’s Rometty said in a statement, “By rallying around this call to action, leaders in business and government can help more people build skills that lead to good jobs, promote hiring that is based on skills, not just degrees, and build a national skills infrastructure to connect workers with opportunities.”
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