WASHINGTON — Gov. David Ige joined seven other governors for a discussion on workforce development with President Donald Trump and Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta at the White House Thursday.
The conversation focused on how states can prepare communities for emerging requirements of jobs of the future, including partnering with states on occupation licensing reform, child care, paid family leave and vocational skills training.
“For the first time in our country, we have more job vacancies than we have qualified people to fill them. Hawaii is among the states that are working to prepare the workforce for those jobs — expanding paid internships and apprenticeship programs in construction, cybersecurity, IT, healthcare,” Ige said.
The bi-partisan group included Governors Doug Ducey of Arizona, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Bill Lee of Tennessee and Mark Gordon of Wyoming.
The governor also met with Rear Adm. Doug Fears on hurricane disaster preparedness and resiliency. Fears is deputy assistant to the president and is Homeland Security and Counterterrorism advisor on the National Security Council staff. Ige updated Fears on Hawaii’s recovery progress in the wake of Hurricane Lane and other natural disasters in 2018.