House Listens to Manufacturers, Takes Legislative Step to Strengthen Manufacturing Workforce

Reauthorizing Perkins Act Will Improve Development, Training Programs

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement in support of House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize the Perkins Act:

“By passing the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, the House took an important step to help manufacturers develop a stronger workforce. This legislation will strengthen workforce training programs that give workers the skills needed for many career opportunities that exist in modern manufacturing. Manufacturers will need to fill an estimated 3.5 million jobs over the next decade, and this legislation is a step forward in helping us address the skills gap we face.

"The NAM’s Manufacturing Institute has been leading the charge to help manufacturers work with our nation’s community colleges and technical schools to upskill and upscale the manufacturing workforce. While at the NAM’s Manufacturing Summit, our nation’s leaders made it clear that they are committed to working with the NAM and Manufacturing Institute to build a 21st-century, modern manufacturing workforce. We now urge the Senate to get this legislation to the president’s desk.”

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit