The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced May 1 that it has signed on to the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers.

In July 2018, the White House established the National Council for the American Worker, which is tasked with developing a national strategy for training and retraining the workers needed across high-demand industries. The Council then launched the Pledge to America’s Workers – to date more than 200 companies and organizations have signed the Pledge – which means an additional 6.5+ million new education and training opportunities over the next five years.

As part of the pledge, CTA and 42 of its member companies agreed to add 392,214 new U.S. worker training opportunities over the next five years. Additional member companies, including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, HP, IBM, and Microsoft, have already signed onto the pledge and committed to adding two million new opportunities.

“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 Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, who signed the pledge during a White House meeting between administration officials and 31 leaders from the U.S. consumer technology sector. “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 work.”

CTA’s member companies span many sectors of the consumer electronics industry and include Bosch, Phone2Action, Postmates, Sony Electronics, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Voxx International.

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