This strategy is a blueprint for competitiveness that will unleash the economy and manufacturing’s outsized multiplier effect. Importantly, manufacturers’ aspirations—the four goals laid out in the pages that follow—are ones that all Americans who want to maintain our country’s economic advantage can rally around.
House Sends Important Skills Gap Legislation to President’s Desk
Legislation Will Ensure Streamlined and Focused Jobs Training
Washington, D.C., 07/09/14 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued this statement after House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) with overwhelming bipartisan support:
“House lawmakers took a critical step toward closing the skills gap today, and manufacturers commend these policymakers for addressing this important issue. 80 percent of manufacturers are having moderate to serious difficulty in finding the necessary skilled workers to maintain a 21st-century operation. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides much needed streamlining of skills certification programs and directs the necessary funding to ensure manufacturers have the workforce they need to compete in a globally competitive environment.
Passage of this important legislation is essential to ensuring that the United States maintains its ownership of the most outstanding, productive and innovative workforce in the world. Manufacturers urge the President to sign this bill into law to put the benefits of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into action.”