Policy - Skills/STEM
Each year tens of thousands of open jobs at technology companies go unfilled as a result of a workforce that is falling behind on the skills needed for these high-paying jobs. The reality is today’s global marketplace is extremely competitive, and for the U.S. economy and American workers to win that competition, investments are needed to improve quality and participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. STEM skills are key to a 21st century workforce: New approaches in education policy are needed because, unfortunately, the current education model is not always up to the task. Too many American schools are arming students with the skills of yesteryear instead of polishing the tools they will undoubtedly need in tomorrow’s global marketplace.
The skills gap is reflected in the employment market where vacancies in STEM fields outnumber qualified applicants by nearly two to one. Without skilled applicants to fill the void of STEM knowledge, we cannot keep the fast-growing occupations requiring these skills headquartered in the United States or provide American students to fill those vacancies. In short, STEM skills are needed today, and they will be even more sought after tomorrow. The U.S. and our students should not be left behind.
To address the skills gap, ITI advocates for long-term policy solutions that 1) empower American students from primary to higher education to excel in STEM fields; and 2) invest in basic research in U.S. universities, which often lead to next-generation innovations and new businesses and jobs.
ITI Letter of Support for Congressional Reauthorization of the Perkins Act (June 21, 2017)
A letter sent from ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield to congressional leaders supporting congressional reauthorization of the Perkins Act. The letter was sent to lawmakers on June 21, 2017.
- ITI Letter of Support Perkins Reauthorization (May 17, 2017)
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter (May 04, 2016)
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter
Skilled Immigration Leads To U.S. Job Creation (March 29, 2016)
Skilled Immigration Leads To U.S. Job Creation
STEM & America's Future (March 29, 2016)
STEM & America's Future
Help Wanted: We have the jobs, now we need the skilled Americans to fill them (June 13, 2017)
This week the Trump Administration, as part of its Workforce Week, is expected to announce initiatives to bolster apprenticeship programs as a way to address the United States’ skills gap. This announcement ...
Tech Wins in the 114th Congress (December 21, 2016)
The conventional wisdom in Washington always holds to not expect much from divided government, and those expectations only lower heading into a presidential election year because hyper-partisanship can ...
Dear Congress: The American Economy Depends on High Skilled Immigrants (February 25, 2016)
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, will hold a hearing on high-skilled immigration. This hearing is being held at a time when the tone on immigration ...
Tech’s 2016 Congressional Agenda: How to Promote Innovation & Economic Growth (February 12, 2016)
Previously I wrote that 2015 was predicted to be a year of gridlock, and yet despite deep partisanship in the nation’s capital, the tech sector saw several of our priorities passed into law. If lawmakers ...
Ensuring STEM in ESEA Reauthorization is a Path for Success (November 04, 2015)
As the House and Senate move to conference to reconcile differences and align their respective bills reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ITI – along with five other five tech ...
Tech Industry Calls on Congress to Pass Bipartisan Perkins Education Bill (June 21, 2017)
WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to educate students with the ...
Tech Industry Welcomes Trump Apprenticeship Initiative (June 15, 2017)
WASHINGTON — ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, welcomed an executive order signed by President Donald Trump today, aimed at expanding apprenticeship programs backed by technology companies for ...
ITI Backs Bipartisan Perkins Education Bill to Give Students Needed IT Skills (May 04, 2017)
WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that was introduced today that can equip students with the skills and education needed to pursue ...
Tech Unites to Offer First-Ever Innovation Platform to Presidential Candidates (May 04, 2016)
WASHINGTON – As the Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions draw near, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, joined with a dozen technology ...
Dean Garfield: Expanded K-12 Computer Science Education Creates Ladder of Opportunity for All (January 31, 2016)
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement today from President and CEO Dean Garfield welcoming the announcement ...