Senate Passes Measure to Improve Job Training, Give Workers Right Skills for New Jobs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The U.S. Senate today passed a measure supported by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to help train workers for new high-skilled jobs. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act includes many provisions championed by Sen. Stabenow, including designing worker training based on the requirements for jobs in high-growth sectors, strengthening youth training programs and increasing accountability to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly. Additionally, the legislation reduces red tape, improves oversight, and gives local agencies more flexibility to meet the needs of local employers and job seekers.

"At a time when millions of Americans are looking for a fair shot to find good-paying jobs, I hear from businesses across Michigan that they are struggling to find qualified workers for new positions," said Senator Stabenow. "Michigan workers can compete with anyone in the world, but they need the right skills and training opportunities to match the needs of local businesses. This bill will help Michigan workers get the training they need to land a good-paying job and build a better life for their families."

Even with thousands of Michigan residents looking for work, businesses report that they would like to hire but can't find workers with the right skills to fit the available jobs. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act streamlines workforce development resources by eliminating 15 duplicative programs. This makes job training more efficient and responsive so that American workers can get training for jobs that are right for them and right for the economy.