CEOs of Pepsico, Mastercard welcome Donald Trump’s apprenticeship programme

Indian-American CEOs Indra Nooyi of Pepsico and Ajay Banga of Mastercard along with India’s IT major Wipro on Friday joined scores of US companies in welcoming US President Donald Trump’s ambitious apprenticeship programme aimed at developing job-related skills among the workforce.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico (left) and Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard.
Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico (left) and Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard.

“We applaud the president's commitment to industry-driven apprenticeships as a powerful tool to build the skilled workforce prepared for the jobs of the 21st century,” Business Roundtable, a group of chief executive officers of leading US companies, said in a full-page advertisement released in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Several Indian-American CEOs including Nooyi, Banga also signed on this advertisement supporting Trump's initiative. Abidali Neemuchwala from Wipro Limited is the only Indian company to have signed on this advertisement.

Ajita Rajendra from AO Smith Corporation, Ashok Vemuri from Conduent Incorporated, Dinesh C Paliwal from Harman International Industries, Bhavesh V Patel from Lyondell Basell Industries have also signed.

Besides, the advertisement was signed by scores of US companies including American Airlines, Caterpillar, General Motors, General Electrics and Verizon.

Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation
CEO and President Wes Bush. Photo courtesy: Northrop Grumman Corporation

“America needs a strong, skilled workforce to drive job creation and ensure future economic growth. America's business leaders are encouraged by the administration’s focus on building a 21st-century workforce and welcome President Trump's commitment to expand and improve apprenticeship opportunities in the US,” said Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation and chair of the Business Roundtable Education and Workforce Committee.

“Work-and-learn models, including internships and apprenticeships, are powerful tools to close the skills gap and meet our nation's workforce needs. We support the president's challenge and look forward to partnering with government at every level as we work together to rebuild the pipeline that generates top talent,” he added.

Garima Kapil
Garima Kapil – Senior Writer

Garima Kapil has around five years of experience in the field of writing and editing. Specialised in writing, performing proof-reading and text editing functions along with content ideation; she has worked with leading e-commerce and as a freelancer. She writes on lifestyle, news, telecom, travel, education, healthcare, immigration, along with other subjects required as a full-time writer and freelancer. 


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