Business, Labor Cheer Federal Skills Investment
April 28, 2014
Business and labor leaders are in agreement that President Obama’s April 16 announcement of $600 million in federal grant programs to boost workforce training is the right decision for the economy.
IBEW President Edwin D. Hill and Pacific Gas & Electric chief executive Tony Earley write in the Hill newspaper:
The competitive grants are available to training programs that link together businesses, unions, community colleges and other private groups, with a focus on skills that match jobs the economy needs. Grant funding comes from monies left over in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program.
Hill and Earley say that these grants can help grow the skilled workforce needed to renovate and update America’s energy infrastructure to meet the demands of changing technology and growth.
The IBEW and the National Electrical Contractors Association have the biggest and most advanced electrical training program in the United States, produced thousands of journeymen electricians every year.
Read Hill’s and Earley’s op-ed here.