At a White House Forum on Wednesday, the 6th of March 2019, Chief Executives of major companies said that they were going to hire more American citizens without a college degree, as they had not been finding sufficient applicants with adequate qualifications for open jobs over the past few years.
On Wednesday (March 6th), the White House held first meeting of a 25-member Trump Administration Advisory board on Workforce issue, including executives of Apple Inc., IBM Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Siemens USA and Home Depot Inc., co-chaired by US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, alongside US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross.
Citing availability of a flurry of decent jobs without a college degree in new US economy, IBM Chief Executive, Ginni Rometty said, “We have a chance to employ so many more people - and not always with a college degree, a less than a four-year degree will get a very good paying job in the new economy,” while Apple CEO, Tim Cook had been quoted saying that more than 50 percent people, US companies hired last year did not have a four-year college degree.
Adding that their founder was a college dropout, Apple CEO said, “We never thought that the college degree was the thing that you had to have to do well”. Cook also added, he strongly believed that computer coding should be a high school graduation requirement in the United States.