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A resolution designating September 2019 as "National Workforce Development Month".

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A resolution designating September 2019 as "National Workforce Development Month".

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08/01/19

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08/01/19

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Date: August 1, 2019

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116.SRES.304
Subject:
Labor and Employment
Designating September 2019 as "National Workforce Development Month".
Date: August 1, 2019 Official Title: Designating September 2019 as Whereas investment in the education, training, and career advancement of the workforce in the United States, known as "workforce development", is crucial to the ability of the United States to compete in the global economy; Whereas collaboration among Governors, local governments, State and local education, workforce, and human services agencies, community colleges, local businesses, employment service providers, community-based organizations, and workforce development boards provides for long-term, sustainable, and successful workforce development across traditional sectors and emerging industries; Whereas middle-skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but not a 4-year degree, comprise 53 percent of the labor market, but only 43 percent of workers in the United States are trained at that level, creating a discrepancy that may limit growth in changing industries such as health care, manufacturing, and information technology; Whereas 76 percent of business leaders say that greater investment in skills training would help their business; Whereas, in 2014, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ( et seq.) with overwhelming bipartisan support in recognition of the need to strengthen the focus of the United States on the skills necessary to fill jobs in local and regional industries; Whereas the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ( et seq.) supports employment, training, and support services for individuals with barriers to employment, including
  • (1) individuals who are low-income;
  • (2) individuals who are out of work, including the long-term unemployed;
  • (3) individuals displaced by outsourcing;
  • (4) individuals living in rural areas or areas with persistently high unemployment;
  • (5) individuals looking to learn new skills; and
  • (6) individuals with disabilities; Whereas the more than 550 workforce development boards and 2,500 American Job Centers are a driving force behind growing regional economies by providing training, resources, and assistance to workers who aim to compete in the 21st century economy; Whereas ongoing State and local implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ( et seq.) provides unprecedented opportunities to develop the skills of workers in the United States through access to effective workforce education and training, including the development and delivery of proven strategies such as sector partnerships, career pathways, integrated education and training, work-based learning models, and paid internships; Whereas, in 2018, programs authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ( et seq.)
  • (1) served nearly 6,000,000 young people and adults;
  • (2) exceeded employment targets across all programs; and