FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith has been named by the White House to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which will help drive action to provide current and future American workers with the educational and job-training options needed to succeed in the rapidly-changing economy. At today's executive order signing announcing the formation of the President's National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, FedEx pledged to continue its robust workforce development efforts by providing team members and communities with work-based learning and training opportunities.
"Investing in our team members and their careers has long been part of the FedEx culture," Smith said. "We are encouraged by the Administration's commitment to ensuring American workers develop the appropriate skills and have access to the training needed for today's in-demand jobs and the jobs of the future."
The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors selected to help guide the efforts of senior Administration officials serving on the President's National Council for the American Worker. Other participating companies include Home Depot, General Motors, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, UPS, and Walmart.
The President's Executive Order established the President's National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to solve the new challenges faced by American workers.
The President's National Council for the American Worker (Council) will provide a forum for the development of a national strategy to address urgent workforce issues. The Council will:
Develop a national campaign to raise awareness of workforce issues, such as the urgency of the skills crisis and the importance of STEM education;
Create a plan for recognizing companies that demonstrate excellence in workplace education, training, retraining policies, and workforce investment;
Help expand the number of apprenticeships and encourage increased investment in training and re-training American workers;
Recommend a specific course of action for increasing transparency related to education and job-training programs, and propose ways to increase available job data; and
Consider and implement the recommendations of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (Board), as appropriate.
The Board will draw upon the knowledge and expertise of leaders from outside government to develop recommendations on how to improve our country's education and training. The Board will play an important role in encouraging the private, education, and not-for-profit sectors to commit to investing in and re-training their workers.
The Administration is also calling on American companies, associations, and foundations to sign a pledge committing to invest in workers and students.
"We are encouraged by the Administration's commitment to ensuring American workers develop the appropriate skills and have access to the training needed for today's in-demand jobs and the jobs of the future."