Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted in support of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill aimed at streamlining and modernizing workforce training programs to prepare our workers to compete in the global economy.
"This bill makes important improvements to our workforce training system to help Americans get the skills they need to compete in the global economy," said Rep. Kind. "This is an important step but Congress must continue to work on closing the skills gap and giving every American worker the best resources and job training possible."
The bill received strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate on a vote of 95-3. It updates the workforce system by placing a fresh emphasis on partnerships between businesses and workforce training organizations and overhauls the job training system for young people with disabilities. It also empowers state and local entities to adapt their services to the unique needs and challenges of their regions, and provides accountability by measuring the performance of federally funded programs.
Rep. Kind has reached out to Workforce Development Boards in western and central Wisconsin to get their feedback and address their concerns about how to best prepare our workers.
"A well-trained workforce, here in Wisconsin and at the national level, is critical to our ability to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity," concluded Rep. Kind.
Rep. Kind is working to build on the momentum of recent congressional action. The pro-growth New Democrat Coalition, chaired by Rep. Kind, has formed an 18-member Workforce Training Working Group to build on the bipartisan efforts in WIOA and coordinate with stakeholders in labor, business, education and workforce development to strengthen our workforce training system. Members of the group, representing every region of the country, will work with their House colleagues and leaders on both sides of the aisle to develop practical solutions for workforce development.