June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, welcomed an executive order signed by President Donald Trump today, aimed at expanding apprenticeship programs backed by technology companies for U.S. workers to attain skills needed to compete and get jobs in the innovation economy.

“Americans want good paying jobs at the same time tech companies and other businesses across the country are ready to hire. The paradox is that we cannot find enough skilled workers to fill the 3.3 million open STEM-related jobs in the United States. For example, we need tens of thousands of cybersecurity professionals but that number dwarfs the pool of professionals available, which only numbers in the thousands. This executive order is a good step in creating pathways that help more Americans gain the skills they need to get into good-paying jobs across the country,” said ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield.

Before the announcement, Garfield wrote a blog noting that technology companies face a very real need for talent in the U.S. These vacancies also exist in small businesses and companies across industries as employers seek to leverage technology in their enterprises and find there are not enough U.S. workers with the necessary skillsets to fill these jobs.

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Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM