Google is committing to a White House initiative designed to get public, private companies, and academic sectors to expand job training for American workers.
The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai and Ivanka Trump who oversees the administration’s worker training efforts, will host a roundtable in Dallas on Thursday, Oct. 3, which will focus on preparing American workers for the changing economy.
“We know that in order to be competitive in this world, we need to invest in America’s greatest asset, our workers, and help fill the openings in the IT field,” Ivanka Trump said in prepared remarks.
“Google’s pledge to train 250,000 Americans for the technology jobs of tomorrow helps us achieve our mission,” she said.
Google said it’s also expanding a program it developed to train people who don’t have experience or a college degree for entry-level jobs in information technology support in less than six months.
During the Dallas roundtable, Pichai will also sign the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers that was introduced by the Trump administration last year in an effort to create more jobs and strengthen the economy.
The president also called on U.S. businesses to commit to expanding education and skills-training programs by signing the pledge.
Google will join more than 350 companies and trade associations including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. that have committed to training and retraining more than 14 million students and workers in the country.
The pledge’s overall goal is to increase the number of skilled workers that meet the market’s demand.
July 25 marked the first anniversary of the pledge, the day it reached “12 million commitments to train & skill American workers,” Ivanka Trump wrote in a tweet. “The Pledge is commitment to 12 Million American lives improved.”
Today, is the 1-year anniversary of our #PledgetoAmericasWorkers!!!
We have reached 12 MILLION (!!!!) commitments to train & skill American workers from +300 companies.
The Pledge is a commitment to 12 Million American lives improved! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/JLiWdyCVRZ
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 25, 2019
Includes reporting from The Associated Press