Announced in February 2019, Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech, is among 25 members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The board, co-chaired by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, will work directly with the National Council for the American Worker to help design and implement strategies, campaigns and training programs that can be used to tackle labor issues on a national level and help employers meet their changing workforce needs.
“I feel privileged to be part of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. This is a chance to reframe and redesign education and training for skilled jobs in our country. This is difficult work, but it is critical as we build the future workforce to fuel the economy of the United States.”
The members’ terms last until July 2020. See full details and list of members at commerce.gov.
American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Mission and Goals
Ensure all Americans can benefit from the nation’s historic economic boom and record low unemployment rates. We seek to bring more Americans off the sidelines and into the workforce by improving jobs data transparency and skills-based hiring and training, advancing opportunities for lifelong learning, and promoting multiple pathways to family-sustaining careers.
- Develop a Campaign to Promote Multiple Pathways to Career Success
Companies, workers, parents, and policymakers have traditionally assumed that a university degree is the best, or only, a path to a middle-class career. Employers and job seekers should be aware of multiple career pathways and skill development opportunities outside of traditional 4-year degrees.
- Increase Data Transparency to Better Match American Workers with American Jobs
High-quality, transparent, and timely data can significantly improve the ability of employers, students, job seekers, education providers, and policymakers to make informed choices about education and employment—especially for matching education and training programs to in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them.
- Modernize Candidate Recruitment and Training Practices
Employers often struggle to fill job vacancies, yet their hiring practices may actually reduce the pool of qualified job applicants. To acquire a talented workforce, employers must better identify the skills needed for specific jobs and communicate those needs to education providers, job seekers, and students.
- Measure and Encourage Employer-led Training Investments
The size, scope, and impacts of education and skills training investments are still not fully understood. There is a lack of consistent data on company balance sheets and in federal statistics. Business and policymakers need to know how much is spent on training, the types of workers receiving training, and the long-term value of the money and time spent in the classroom and on-the-job training.
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