The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board will work “to develop and implement a strategy to revamp the American workforce to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
The board will be co-chaired by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, as well as the president’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump. It will create a national campaign to promote education and training pathways; develop a specific plan for improving labor market data that can successfully match American workers with valuable skills; find ways to improve private sector investments to establish a culture of lifelong learning for American workers and students; and boost the transparency and outcomes of education and job training programs.
“This Administration is committed to making sure all Americans can participate in the opportunities created by the booming economy. I look forward to working with this exceptional and committed group of leaders to advance the goals of the National Council for the American Worker and ensure inclusive growth,” said Ivanka Trump in a press release. “We want all Americans to have the skills and opportunities to secure good-paying jobs, and successfully navigate technological disruptions and the rapidly changing nature of work.”
The 25-member board — which includes leaders in education, retail and government — will collaborate with the National Council for the American Worker.
“Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence [AI] will change the way every job is done. I look forward to finding new ways for all Americans to participate in this digital era by building the job skills that are already in demand in our economy,” Rometty said in a statement through a spokesperson, according to CNBC.