Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
LeAnne Redick Wilson
Senior Vice President
Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.
The American economy and Americans thrive when U.S. workers have the levels of education and training needed to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. Our country needs a world-class, skilled workforce to lead in global innovation, ensure future economic growth and drive job creation.
Unfortunately, the U.S. skills gap is real and growing. According to a Business Roundtable survey, only five percent of companies reported that finding the talent they need was not at least somewhat problematic. Skills gap issues exist across skills categories, and CEOs report that identifying qualified and diverse applicants remains a challenge.
In a national print ad, Business Roundtable members applauded the President’s commitment to industry-driven apprenticeships as a powerful tool to build the skilled workforce prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century and accept the President’s challenge to improve and expand apprenticeship opportunities in the United States.
Closing the skills gap is a work in progress, but business leaders are moving forward on several fronts to tackle this challenge. Business Roundtable has profiled some of the ways that America’s largest employers are working with academia to increase the pipeline of skilled and diverse workers to join their companies and to upgrade and transform the skills of their current employees.
BRT surveyed 177 member companies on workforce talent, including the extent to which they can hire employees with specific skills for key occupations.
Credential Engine is a non-profit which works to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace by collecting and developing practical ways to obtain relevant and comparable information about the diverse array of credentials.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) works to bridge the "skills gap" by better connecting the worlds of learning and work. The cross-section of business and industry groups helps communicate to learning institutions the skills employers are looking for, as well as help industries and employers adjust their hiring and business practices to focus on the competencies and skills workers have and are developing in today’s evolving economy.
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For more than two decades, NAFTA has supported jobs and the economy in the United States. Successful negotiations to update NAFTA should expand on, not diminish, the many benefits this U.S. trade agreement has already created. Source
International Trade and investment supports jobs and economic growth in every state, and now supports an estimated 41 million American jobs. U.S. trade-related employment grew three and a half times faster than total U.S. employment between 2004 and 2014.
Globally engaged U.S. companies create jobs, pay higher wages and increase economic growth in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. For the United States as a whole, U.S. globally engaged companies directly employed 23.3 million American workers in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, and paid average annual compensation of $78,000, which is 40 percent higher than the average $56,000 annual compensation paid to workers employed by other U.S. businesses.