Crucial Workforce Problems Require Congress to Fund a Proven Solution
Op-ed by Henry Ramos and Jack Mills.
As you read this, approximately 1,000 industry sector-focused workforce development partnerships are solving some of the most pressing challenges facing our businesses, job seekers, workers, and communities. However, these essential "sector partnerships" need far more funding to make a difference at scale - the kind of difference our nation desperately needs.
Last year, Congress provided sector partnerships with policy support through its enormously bipartisan passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Now, Congress must allocate sufficient funding to make this policy support real.
The US needs to expand its work force pipeline. The stakes are enormous and time is definitely not on our side. If our country fails to expand our workforce, American businesses will not be able to compete successfully and our people will struggle to obtain middle class jobs.