President Signs Workforce Development Programs Into Law
9/9/2014 | Construction Blog
President Obama recently signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The bill had overwhelming support from all sectors of the construction labor workforce and was a bipartisan effort in both houses of Congress.
The concept behind the legislation is to improve the workforce development programs already in place by modernizing the system and promoting programs that develop 21st Century skills. The offers $9.5 billion in funding over the next 6 years and focuses on trying to help businesses identify in-demand skills and the programs necessary to develop those skills. It expands some programs specific to the construction sector, like green development, and eliminates 15 other programs deemed to be unnecessary.
This is a positive step towards putting Americans – especially construction workers – back to work.