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Governor's Weekly Message: Preparing Our Workforce for Jobs of the Future


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We are passionately focused on ensuring Delaware has a world class education system, but we also know learning does not end on graduation day.

The skill demands of today's jobs are rapidly evolving and the days of one employer, one career are over for most workers.

Lifetime learning is no longer an aspiration -- it's a necessity, because workers throughout their careers need to upgrade their skills to remain competitive. That also means we need a workforce system that delivers the training workers need to qualify for the jobs employers are seeking to fill.

Earlier this week, I joined with elected officials, representatives of the Laborers' International Union of North America and local union representatives to cut the ribbon on a multi-million dollar training center here in Delaware that will help apprentices improve and add to their skills, advance their careers and gain a competitive advantage in a tough marketplace.

Thursday, I joined the Department of Labor and more than 200 representatives from the business community at a conference focused on how we can best serve businesses and help give entrepreneurs a fair opportunity to thrive, for a company at the idea stage or one that employs thousands of people.

By creating this lifelong educational pathway for Delawareans -- from birth through graduation and beyond -- and supporting businesses who want to ensure they have access to the best workforce possible, we strengthen the economy, enhance our overall quality of life and keep Delaware moving forward.

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