Legislation Introduced to Promote Workforce Training Programs
Earlier this month, bipartisan Congress members introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to spur industry partnerships to encourage workforce training programs.
The bill proposes specific grants given to industry partnerships that encourage industry growth, competition, and collaboration to improve training, retention, and advancement in particular infrastructure and transportation-aligned industries. It also would encourage businesses and educators to work together on new school curricula that are more job-focused. Managers and workers would be prepared to mentor those in work-based learning programs, and their efforts would be supplemented by various resources and career awareness programming. Funds would also be set aside for supportive services such as skills training, child care, transportation, and mentoring to guarantee retention and advancement are available for all.