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IPC Recognized by White House as a Major Contributor of New Job Opportunities to US MarketOctober 31, 2018 | I-Connect007
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Companies and associations continue to sign the Pledge to America's Workers and have now committed to provide more than 6 million educational and training opportunities.
With these new opportunities, millions of American workers will have the skills and training to advance their careers and earn bigger paychecks. These opportunities were secured through private sector pledges, not taxpayer dollars.
Further, a bipartisan group of 41 governors have signed a pledge to America’s workers.
President Donald J. Trump launched the pledge in late July, prompting more than 20 companies and associations to pledge more than 3.8 million training opportunities over the next five years.
For instance, Walmart pledged 1,000,000 new opportunities. IBM, on the other hand, pledged 100,000 new opportunities, while FedEx pledged more than 500,000 new opportunities. For its part, AT&T is pledging 200,000 new opportunities.
Since then, more than 100 new companies and associations have joined these efforts to bring the total to more than 6 million new opportunities.
IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is pledging 1 million new opportunities.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Landscape Professionals is pledging 150,000 opportunities.
Reflecting his commitment to preparing our Nation’s workforce, President Trump signed an Executive Order creating the National Council for the American Worker in July 2018. The Council, comprised of senior Federal officials, is creating a national strategy to ensure our students and workers have the education and training needed to compete in today’s economy.
The President also established an Advisory Board comprised of business, non-profit, and education leaders to provide recommendations to the Council.
As a result of President Trump’s policies, the economy is booming and providing workers with an unpreceded number of job opportunities. The unemployment rate has reached a 49-year low. There are a record 7.1 million job openings in the United States. And these job openings are bringing workers back off the sidelines who had been pushed out of the workforce.
Workers are in high demand as employers report challenges in locating individuals with the skills and training to fill open positions.
The rapidly changing modern economy will require new skill sets for our future workforce as new technology and automation grows.
On the cusp of another IPC APEX EXPO, we focus on how bare board fabricators can maximize their time and investment at the show. We visited with Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist, and Julia Gumminger, IPC professional development and events manager, as well as Udo Welzel and Stanton Rak, the chairs of the technical program committee, to discuss the technical depth and breadth that the 2024 show will bring to fabricators and professionals all along the supply chain.
Each quarter, IPC releases a list of standards that are new or have been updated. To view a complete list of newly published standards and standards revisions, translations, proposed standards for ballot, final drafts for industry review, working drafts, and project approvals, visit ipc.org/status.
IPC’s efforts in government relations and advocacy have been pivotal in getting legislation like the CHIPS Act passed. In February, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell was back in Washington, D.C., representing our industry in a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he discussed workforce issues in our industry and how to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need. In this audio interview, he reviews his concerns and solutions on workforce development.
Like any great tech industry event, IPC APEX EXPO pushes us out of our busy 24/7 manufacturing bubbles. It forces us to pay attention to things that are important but not always present in our day-to-day lives. But there is so much to see and do. This issue of PCB007 Magazine previews many of the important events taking place at the show this year and highlights some changes and opportunities. Let us help you map out your show plan. This issue is focused on the PCB fabricator’s show experience and how you can get the most from your valuable time and investment in attending the show. So, buckle up. We are counting down to IPC APEX EXPO 2024.
It’s been another busy week in the industry. We lost another old friend last week. The EIPC show happened, and Pete Starkey provided us with complete and compelling show coverage, from start to finish. Recently, we posed the question, “When is it time to introduce embedded components into your PCB design?” which was asked and answered by design aficionado Kris Moyers in the latest issue of Design007 Magazine. We are proud to be a part of the exciting Global Insights weekly newsletter, which Nolan Johnson and Brian Knier explored in their interview, and we rounded out the week with some big merger news. Here are my picks for the past week’s must-read news items.