WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement on President Trump’s workforce development executive order:

“We need to prepare more Americans for jobs in the modern economy, but we’ve been stuck using 20th-century tools to address 21st-century problems. Companies know the skills needed to fill their open jobs. 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. This is the right place to be focusing our workforce development efforts, and today’s actions are a promising step.”

NOTE: Last week in his speech to The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Speaker Ryan emphasized the need for workforce development, and discussed the partnership between Gateway Tech and Foxconn in Wisconsin as an example of this type of training program.