Senate Responds to Manufacturers’ Call to Address Skills Gap

Legislation Will Ensure Streamlined and Focused Jobs Training

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued this statement after passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) by a resounding vote of 95–3:

"Manufacturers commend Senate lawmakers for passing a measure that over time will make significant strides in closing the skills gap. This legislation comes at a critical time when more than 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled production positions. By prioritizing federal skills training resources toward portable, certified skills, the reforms included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will help provide manufacturers with the skilled workforce they need to compete successfully in the global environment. It also gives workers the confidence that the skills they are acquiring will be in demand by employers. Manufacturers are hopeful that the House will act swiftly to send this important legislation to the President for his signature.”

To view the NAM’s Key Vote letter, click here. To read an NAM blog on the legislation, click here.

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