House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday praised President Donald Trump's job-training initiative, calling it "a promising step" toward preparing millions of Americans for employment in "the modern economy."
"We need to prepare more Americans for jobs in the modern economy," the Wisconsin Republican said, "but we've been stuck using 20th-century tools to address 21st-century problems.
"Companies know the skills needed to fill their open jobs."
Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating the National Council for the American Worker and a workplace policy advisory board.
The initiative would recruit U.S. companies and other groups in developing and re-training more than 3.8 million Americans for vacancies in a range of professions and trades.
Trump said Lockheed Martin, IBM, and FedEx were among the companies already signed up for the effort.
"By encouraging public-private collaboration to provide apprenticeships, education, and training, we can better match workers with the opportunities that abound in such a strong economy," Ryan said in a statement.
"This is the right place to be focusing our workforce development efforts — and [Thursday's] actions are a promising step."
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