On July 19, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) establishing the National Council for the American Worker, a federal interagency body designed to increase job training opportunities for students and workers through education, skills-based training and other means of workforce development. The council will be co-chaired by the U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Labor, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Advisor to the President overseeing the Office of Economic Initiatives.
The purpose of the council is to develop policy and strategy recommendations related to improving the workforce in America. According to the White House, “[t]here are currently more than 6.7 million unfilled jobs in the United States.” The EO encourages public-private partnerships between private employers, educational institutions, labor unions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments to improve and increase job training and educational opportunities to fill job vacancies.
The EO also establishes an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board comprising up to 25 members appointed by the president from the private sector, employers, educational institutions and states to offer diverse perspectives on how the federal government can improve education and training for American workers.
Counties commend the White House for its continued focus on job creation and the nation’s workforce development system by establishing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Counties play a critical role in funding and facilitating workforce development programs. Specifically, local elected officials play a central role by providing local flexibility to oversee, design and implement education and training programs, to meet the needs of businesses and jobseekers.
NACo will continue to engage with the administration to ensure local perspectives are considered in creation of a demand-driven workforce development system, and that counties receive the needed resources to effectively educate, train and reduce barriers for jobseekers and to support and strengthen American businesses.