CTA Signs White House Pledge, Members Will Add Almost 400,000 Worker Training Opportunities
ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and 42 of its member companies
today joined the Trump administration’s Pledge
to America’s Workers, promising to add 392,214 new U.S. worker
training opportunities over the next five years.
“We should always prioritize investment in our greatest asset, the
American worker, and ensure that our workforce remains the greatest in
the world,” said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President. “We thank CTA
and all of the members who are taking that step today by signing the
White House Pledge to the American Worker.”
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA, signed the Pledge during a White
House meeting with administration officials and 31 leaders from the U.S.
consumer technology sector.
“We now have 500,000 high-tech jobs open here in the U.S. – but we don’t
have enough workers with the skills needed to fill all these jobs,” said
Shapiro. “If we want to maintain our nation’s global leadership as a
tech innovator and keep these jobs in America, we must help our workers
develop the skills to succeed throughout their careers. I’m proud to see
our industry step up to ensure American workers get the training they
need – both for today’s job market and the rapidly-evolving future of
“As Bosch rapidly evolves as an Internet of Things (IoT) company, we’re
transforming our workforce from a manufacturing organization to an IoT
organization,” said Mike Mansuetti, president, Bosch in North America.
“This transformation requires a commitment to the education and training
of our associates. These are the people who will enable our innovation
and fuel our company’s growth and competitiveness. They are the key to
CTA’s contributing member companies include:
- A&K Robotics
- American Automation & Communications Inc.
- Audio Warehouse
- Bjorn’s Audio Video
- BloomBoard Inc.
- BlueSalve Partners
- Canon U.S.A. Inc.
- Crestron Electronics
- Digital Creative Institute
- eForCity Corp.
- Founders First Capital Partners LLC
- Franklin Apprenticeships
- FulTech Solutions Inc.
- Future Ready Solutions
- Hedgehog Technology Services
- HiberSense Inc.
- InstallerNet Inc.
- LED Systems LLC
- Living in Digital Times
- Logic Integration
- Pribatis Inc.
- Senclo Inc.
- Sony Electronics, Inc. North America
- TargetPath LLC
- Titan Power LLC
- Up Sonder
- Voxx International
The technology sector accounts for 18.2
million jobs and 12% of U.S. GDP and is the fastest-growing part of
the American economy. But there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill
the growing number of job openings in emerging technology sectors
including 5G, AI and cloud computing. According to CTA’s Future
of Work survey, tech executives report that in the next five
years, they will struggle to fill jobs for software development, data
analytics and engineering.
Since President Trump announced the Pledge in July 2018, more than 50
CTA members – including previous signatories Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best
Buy, Deloitte, Ford, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Toyota, VISA
and Walmart – have committed more than two million new opportunities,
totaling almost one-third of total pledges. CTA is continuing to accept
additional pledges. Click
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About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade
association representing the $398 billion U.S. consumer technology
industry, which supports more than 18 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200
companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are
among the world’s best-known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA
membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical
education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering
of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES®
– the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of
consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s
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