Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted a trip to Washington D.C. this week for members interested in meeting with government entities and their representatives. Before the trip 25 Chamber members pledged to invest in the advancement of our current and future workforce by providing individuals with opportunities to develop skills that will help them succeed, not just in their current role, but throughout their careers. These members pledge to invest in both students and workers by providing opportunities for education and training that will help more Americans thrive in the modern workplace. Specifically, over the next 5 years, they pledge to create enhanced career opportunities for individuals, including through increased apprenticeships and work-based learning programs, continuing education, on-the-job training, and re-skilling.

This effort is in connection with the White House’s effort “Pledge to America’s Workers Month.”  Last year, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker. The Council, made up of 14 Federal agencies, is charged with developing a national strategy for training and reskilling workers for high-demand occupations and the industries of the future. On July 19, 2018 the President also launched the Pledge to America’s Workers, a call-to-action for States and the private sector to create new education and training opportunities to better serve the American worker and encourage private investment in workforce development. “Our mission is straightforward: to ensure inclusive growth and opportunity in our booming economy by creating pathways for all Americans, regardless of age or background, to acquiring the skills needed to secure and retain high-paying jobs," said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President.

“The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and its members are committed to ensuring that Tampa Bay is an area that invests in the future leaders of our workforce and our community,” said Bob Rohrlack, Greater Tampa Chamber President and CEO. “Along with our members, we pledged, over 15,000 training opportunities to continue to develop workforce talent in Tampa Bay.”