Last week, the White House issued an executive order on workforce development that will establish the National Council for the American Worker.

Comprised of senior administration officials, the council will develop “a national strategy for training and retraining the workers needed across high-demand industries,” according to a statement from the White House. “The group will convene voices from the public, private, education, labor, and not-for-profit sectors to enhance employment opportunities for Americans of all ages.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issued a statement in support of the initiative and pledged to educate 50,000 new construction workers during the next five years.

“NAHB applauds President Trump’s leadership for signing an executive order that will develop a national strategy to expand job-training and apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers and give them the proper tools to succeed in the American workforce,” said Randy Noel, NAHB chair and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “Given the chronic labor shortages in the home building industry, I am especially pleased to attend this important White House event. NAHB will help do it part to invest in the future workforce by pledging to train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for a career in the construction trades. The Home Builders Institute, our workforce development arm, is a national leader for career training in the home building industry. To honor the administration’s important commitment to America’s workers, we will expand our training, certification and job placement programs for underserved and at-risk youth, transitioning military, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers.”

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