There is tremendous urgency to help workers impacted by the recession reenter the labor market. However, many workers lack the specific skills employers require, leaving employers to struggle to find skilled workers in certain industries, even in times of economic slowdown.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act (HR 1855). The SECTORS Act creates partnerships of businesses, unions, the public workforce system, and education and training providers to come together to develop and implement plans that target job training at the current and anticipated skill needs of industries within a geographic region. These partnerships improve worker training, retention and advancement by developing skill standards, career pathways, job redefinitions, and shared training and support capacities.
Now that this bill has passed the House, it will move onto the Senate.
Please contact your Senators and urge them to support economic recovery by supporting the SECTORS Act.
For more information about the SECTORS Act please visit the National Skills Coalition website.