Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) supported the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which passed out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today.
"This legislation is necessary to improve worker training and better our nation's workforce," said Congressman Guthrie. "Having worked at my family's manufacturing business, I know how important it is for workers to have the right skills and for employers and educators to offer training."
The SKILLS Act would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act and revamp our nation's workforce development system.
According to the committee, the legislation would: eliminate and streamline duplicative training programs; create a flexible Workforce Investment Fund to act as the single source of support for both employers and job seekers; strengthen the role of employers in workforce training decisions; establish common and routine performance measures for state and local leaders; and require local workforce leaders to outline the strategies they plan to use to serve at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, veterans and other workers with unique barriers to employment.
"As our economy continues to rebuild from the economic recession, it is imperative that we give employers, employees and jobs seekers the skills they need to thrive in the workplace," added Congressman Guthrie.