With tens of millions of Americans out of work because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the stark reality is that the nation likely faces a prolonged period of high unemployment.
In an effort to support that recovery process, Ivanka Trump is heading a program to encourage working-age Americans to “find something new,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Tools they need to succeed”
Among one of the participants in the initiative, which aims to encourage career shifts and retraining to meet the demands of a shifting market, is tech titan Apple.
CEO Tim Cook cited the need for companies to adapt in order to find qualified candidates through nontraditional means.
“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that everyone ha the tools they need to succeed and seize new opportunities,” he said, as the Examiner reported. “To invest in our future, we have to invest in people, in education, and the many paths to a well-paying job or starting a new business.”
He went on to call the program an important step toward “empowering people across the nation to discover a more hopeful future for themselves and for their families.”
IBM Executive Chairwoman Ginni Rometty provided similar support for the initiative, stressing the need for corporations not to “look just at a degree, but look at the skills someone has and let them get started,” according to the Examiner.
“Learn a completely new skill”
Given her position as an adviser in her father’s White House, Trump’s advice to out-of-work Americans has been slammed by some critics as tone-deaf and out of touch. Nevertheless, her underlying message of securing an in-demand job is hardly a novel concept.
“Now as a result of COVID, people need to, unfortunately, in some cases, learn a completely new skill,” she said, according to MarketWatch.
According to Mark Zandi, Moody Analytics’ chief economist, the program is a good move but not a sufficient fix for the nation’s current dilemma.
“For tens of millions of American workers slammed by the pandemic, it is about finding something at all,” he said, urging the executive and legislative branches to agree on a comprehensive relief bill to help the unemployed and underemployed, as MarketWatch reported.
As America continues to face both public health and economic crises, it is clear that getting back to normal is going to require everyone to adapt in one way or another. Hopefully, this new program will be a needed boost for those still struggling to find a job.