After introducing the Workforce Development Investment Act to strengthen job training for students in the Granite State, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) this week spoke on the House floor to underscore the importance of training a highly-skilled, 21st century workforce.
"The Workforce Development Investment Act would give tax incentives to firms that partner with educators to improve workforce development and job training for students," Kuster said. "When we invest in our workforce, more employers will invest in the United States and in the Granite State; our students will be more competitive in the job market; our businesses will be more successful in the global economy."
"Right now, there are companies like W.H. Bagshaw in Nashua, New Hampshire that are looking to hire, but struggling to find workers with the right skills for the job," Kuster continued. "My bill would help close this skills gap by providing incentives for business to team up with educators to teach our students the skills they need to compete and succeed."
The Workforce Development Investment Act would provide up to $10,000 in annual tax credits to employers that partner with community colleges or other institutions of higher education to improve workforce development for students by:
-Helping develop curriculum;
-Assisting with instruction in the classroom; and
-Providing internships, apprenticeships, or other hands-on educational opportunities for students
Kuster has made workforce development one of her top priorities in Congress. Over the last few months, she has toured and met with staff and students at Keene State College's Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), Nashua Community College (NCC), and New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), as well as advanced manufacturers all across the Granite State.