The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board was created last year by executive order “to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills crisis by investing in and increasing demand-driven education.” President Trump noted: "There are currently more than 6.7 million unfilled jobs in the United States, and American workers, who are our country’s most valuable resource, need the skills training to fill them."
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"Excited to welcome the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Tuesday to our Siemens Energy Hub in Charlotte, the pilot site for our U.S. apprenticeship program focused on manufacturing. Our apprentices are paid while they learn on the job and receive free tuition to Central Piedmont Community College," Siemens said in a statement.
In March, Mayor Lyles was appointed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump, to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Mayor Lyles traveled to D.C. to discuss workforce development with President Trump and other top White House officials. Lyles is the only mayor on the Advisory Board.
"The Advisory Board advises the National Council for the American Worker (National Council) on how the Federal Government can encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills crisis by investing in and increasing demand-driven education, training, and re-training for American workers."
President Trump and Ivanka Trump, March 6th meeting at White House
"In this vibrant economy we are laser-focused on bringing people off the sidelines and fostering economic growth inclusive of all Americans. Looking forward to our 2nd American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting tomorrow in Charlotte, NC," Ivanka said in a statement Monday.
The North Carolina success story: Since inauguration… ▪️Unemployment rate ⬇️ ▪️Millennial unemployment rate ⬇️ ▪️180,600 NEW jobs added as of April ‘19 ▪️10,300 NEW manufacturing jobs Let’s keep on winning NC!!
Additional elected officials on the Advisory Board are the governors of Indiana and Iowa. Other members include Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rommetty, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Home Depot CEO Craig Menear, Siemens CEO Barbara Humpton, Boys & Girls Clubs of America CEO Jim Clark, and Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin. The members’ terms last until July 2020.
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held in Charlotte next year, where President Trump is expected to be re-nominated for a second term. Thirty cities vied for the spot, with Las Vegas and Charlotte as the two finalists. Mayor Lyle, a democrat, has drawn praise from local and national Republicans for leading the city’s efforts to bring the convention to Charlotte.
RNC Site Selection committee chair Ron Kaufman praised the "leadership passion and professionalism" of Charlotte's leaders. "Charlotte has so much to offer, and we are excited to bring delegates to a city that has demonstrated its southern hospitality, showcased its vibrant energy, and proven that possibilities are endless," Kaufman said in a statement.