Rep. Blunt Rochester, Co-chair of the Access to Jobs Task Force, Asks Top Companies, Labor Leaders to Share Best Practices Regarding their Work-based Learning Programs

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Washington, October 4, 2017 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments
Rep. Blunt Rochester, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Access to Jobs Task Force, asked business and labor leaders noted for their excellence in work-based learning programs to share their best practices to help guide discussion on ways Congress can improve access to jobs.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Blunt Rochester, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Access to Jobs Task Force, asked business and labor leaders noted for their excellence in work-based learning programs to share their best practices to help guide discussion on ways Congress can improve access to jobs.

This information will help the Access to Jobs Task Force better develop policies that will allow American workers to gain the skills they need to grow in the work force. This includes inquiries about apprenticeship programs, and workers’ credentials.

“From coast to coast, we have manufacturers that are looking to grow their businesses and hire new employees, but they don’t have applicants who have the skills to fill these job openings,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester. “The growing ‘skills gap’ requires immediate action, and apprenticeship programs have been essential in helping build talent pipelines that help businesses grow. As lawmakers, it’s our job to reach out to successful businesses, learn about best practices, and enact policies that allow our economy and small business community to thrive. I am proud to co-chair the Access to Jobs Task Force, and I look forward to sharing our findings with Delaware business leaders and my colleagues in Congress.”

“When companies provide apprenticeship programs for their employees, these hard-working men and women can open the doors of opportunity by developing skills to advance in their fields,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY). “With the leadership of Rep. Blunt Rochester, I’m confident in our ability to craft policies that will improve the skill development of American workers.”

One of five House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, the Access to Jobs Task Force will help workers achieve their full potential by expanding access to capital, educational opportunities – including vocational skills development, professional licensing, and apprenticeship training – and eliminating senseless and outdated social barriers to work that affect many communities.

The five Jobs for America Task Forces will create opportunities for growth, boost hardworking families, and give every worker the opportunity to achieve the American dream by developing legislation focused on investing in key industries. The effort was launched by House Democratic Caucus in September.

For more information on the House Democratic Caucus’ Jobs for America Task Forces, please visit: www.dems.gov/jobsforamerica

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