Secretary Acosta addressed our nation's skills gap at this week's SelectUSA investment summit, highlighting solutions like apprenticeship programs to train workers for the jobs employers need to fill. "America has always been a place where the best ideas from around the world are refined and applied in new and dynamic ways," he said.
"It is going to be the policy of the federal government to provide more affordable pathways to good jobs," Secretary Acosta said in an address to the National Association of Manufacturers this week. One solution to close America's skills gap is to invest in workforce development initiatives. There are currently more than 6 million job openings in the United States, and more than 350,000 in manufacturing.
In remarks to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Secretary Acosta applauded the industry for working with two- and four-year schools to provide continuing education and access to college degrees at no cost to employees. "Your industry, in many ways, is providing a model for others, and I hope our efforts can help you to further expand the workforce development programs you've already launched," he said.