Urge Swift Action on Measure to Maintain Critical Education and Workforce Training Programs;
Call Senate-House Bill a Model for ‘Renewed Spirit of Collaboration in Washington’
Washington – Business Roundtable, an association of business leaders representing every sector of the economy, today applauded introduction of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, commending it both as a first step toward better aligning federal workforce development programs with employer needs and for the bipartisan, bicameral cooperation that produced it.
“America’s business leaders commend the Senate and House for working together to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) as a tangible commitment to improve the country’s chances of addressing the skills gap and building a workforce that can compete and succeed in the global economy,” said Eric Spiegel, President & CEO, Siemens Corporation, and Vice Chair, Business Roundtable’s Education and Workforce Committee. “This legislation takes a positive step by recognizing that real-world training is the catalyst to ensuring that individuals have the necessary skills to take advantage of the jobs that exist today and in the future. We further hope that the bipartisan, bicameral development of this bill will be a model for a renewed spirit of collaboration in Washington.”
Ensuring that WIA reauthorization has the right mix of programs that train Americans with the skills employers need is key to helping address America’s persistent skills and training gap. It has been 14 years since WIA was last authorized. Click here to read Business Roundtable’s principles for WIA reauthorization.