House passes bill to modernize workforce training programs

WASHINGTON – This week, the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will help make workforce training programs more streamlined and efficient so the workforce can better meet the growing and changing needs of employers and the economy.

Though there were 4.6 million job openings at end of the May, the workforce is struggling to gain necessary skill sets in order to qualify for these jobs. In order to address this, the bill was created to make a number of improvements to the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

“WIOA improves the workforce system, aligning it with regional economies and strengthening the network of about 2,500 American Job Centers, to deliver more comprehensive services to workers, job seekers and employers,” said US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

He praised the bipartisan partnership that occurred to pass the bill in both the Senate and the House. The bill passed by a vote of 415-6 in the House. The US Senate approved the bill on June 25, and is now on its way to the White House to be signed into law.

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