Trump’s education policies have left a gaping hole in the workforce, especially for women and minorities, who face a disproportionately high dropout rate and the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Education advocates are now turning their attention to how to fill the gap.
The Washington Post has compiled a list of the top 20 education and training companies in the U.S. that have the highest number of qualified women and minority candidates.
The top 25 companies are mostly private companies, with many focusing on providing training and employment opportunities to people of color.
The top 20 companies in terms of diversity include: Adobe Systems Inc., which offers online learning and professional development to more than 2 million students in schools across the country, as well as on campus, at colleges and universities.
The company says it’s hiring at least 1,500 full-time and part-time workers in the next three months.
Esquire, a magazine founded by the journalist Diane Sawyer and published by Condé Nast, which provides the first-ever monthly look at women in the workplace, lists 13 companies on its list of employers that have invested more than $100 million in training and development.
The companies on the list include IBM, General Electric, Verizon and Walmart.
Darden Restaurants, the company that owns Olive Garden and other restaurants in New York City, is one of the most prominent employers of women in tech.
Darden has invested more in training, said Julie O’Hara, who leads the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program.
The program, launched in 2016, trains hundreds of workers in a range of areas, including data entry, coding and coding development, as part of an effort to create more diverse teams.
The Washington Post’s list also includes LinkedIn, which has a workforce of more than 100,000 women and people of colour.
The social networking company said it has made hiring more diverse by expanding and diversifying the workforce.
It said in a statement that the number of women and other minorities applying to its programs tripled in the past year.
Boeing Co., which has more than 50,000 workers across the globe, has expanded the hiring of minority candidates, said Kristin Davis, an aerospace analyst at Bespoke Investment Research, a private investment research firm.
Boeing has hired at least 2,500 women and African-American candidates in the last year, and Davis said she expects that number to continue to grow.
Founded in 1891, the nonprofit American Federation of Teachers has become a leader in recruiting, training and retaining women and young people, said Alicia Munoz, the group’s president.
The organization is also working with the White House to boost the number and diversity of the workforce at its regional schools.
While women and black people have made up a majority of the population in America for decades, the number has been shrinking, said Nancy McDonough, a senior researcher at the Urban Institute.
“The last 15 years have been really the slowest in the history of the United States in terms on the growth of minority representation,” she said.
Companies like Nike, which is owned by American multinational conglomerate Nike Inc., are working to expand their hiring and retention efforts, as the company looks to increase the number, said Diane DeBakey, the AFL-CIO’s chief diversity officer.
Nike said it would like to hire as many as 15,000 full- and parttime workers for its shoe manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2018.
In the U, companies have been focusing on hiring more women and ethnic minorities to fill positions in their technology, healthcare and other industries.
Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Salesforce.com Inc. and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff have all pledged to hire more women, including at higher-profile companies.
Facebook has said it will hire 20,000 to 30,000 more women by 2020, and SalesForce has said that it will add 20,500 by 2020.
U.S.-based technology companies, including Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. Google Inc. Amazon.com, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., have pledged to add or expand training and technical roles for women.
Amazon and Uber also said in separate statements that they plan to invest in training programs for women, and Facebook has announced that it’s increasing its efforts in recruiting and retaining minorities in tech, including in engineering.
Women are among the fastest-growing segments of the tech workforce, but there is still a long way to go, said Karen Aiken, executive director of the nonprofit Equal Rights Advocates, which advocates for the rights of people of all backgrounds in technology and beyond.
“We have so many barriers, and the number one barrier is the lack of diversity in the tech industry,” she told The Wall St. Journal.
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