Every day, in communities coast to coast, working people, students, and families are looking for opportunities to get ahead. At the same time, businesses are desperate to hire skilled workers — people trained for jobs in growing industries like healthcare, medical technology, IT and software, and advanced manufacturing – as well as tradespeople like plumbers and electricians.
These jobs are the backbone of America’s economy, and filling them is critical to America’s success in the 21st century economy. But not enough people can access the skills, training, and education to fill them.
That’s why National Skills Coalition has launched Voices for Skills — a coalition of working people, students, teachers, parents, jobseekers, and businesses calling for a national commitment to significantly increasing our investment in skills training.
Many people want to learn an in-demand-skill, but they can’t afford the training they need to step into a better career. And, our policymakers are eager to invest in people who want to go to college, but there’s less help for people who want to learn a skill or a trade – even though our economy depends on people with this kind of education and training.
People need skills training to be prepared for success in the modern economy; and they’ll need training to adapt to new technologies that will constantly change the nature of work. And voters overwhelmingly support increasing investment in skills and technical training as a cornerstone of our nation’s economic policy.
We need a national commitment to policies that reflect people’s real and valid career aspirations and support industry’s urgent need for trained, skilled workers. Voices for Skills is educating policymakers and 2020 candidates about overwhelming public support for skills training.
Voices for Skills is a project of the National Skills Coalition, made possible in part by the generous financial support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co.