The past couple weeks have brought one thing into focus: American life depends on people at every level of our economy – from doctors, nurses, & scientists – to people working the night shift stocking grocery shelves. The unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic are the men and women keeping the internet and other critical utilities up and running. They drive trucks and work in logistics. They’re the hundreds of thousands of people risking their own health as they work in hospitals doing behind-the-scene jobs like sanitizing and preparing rooms and equipment, and those working as medical assistants, phlebotomists, or technicians.
These folks have always been the very backbone of America’s economy – it’s never been more clear that a person’s ability to contribute doesn’t depend on a college degree.
At Voices for Skills, our mission is to lift up the stories of people and businesses that thrive because of skills training - and to call on policymakers & candidates to increase our investment in skills training that supports people’s career aspirations and industry’s need for trained, skilled workers.
The pandemic hasn’t changed our mission – skills training is part of the solution to our current crisis. Will you help us tell members of congress that skills are critical to our country’s ability to address our current crisis and its economic impact on people, businesses, and communities across the country? We are calling on Congress to:
Make it easier for people who have lost their jobs to access our nation’s safety net
Provide comprehensive income, healthcare, and re-training support to every displaced worker
Help small and mid-sized businesses avert job loss
Address sudden skilled worker shortages in the industries needed to respond to this crisis – like health care, warehouses & logistics
Update our nation’s education and training policies to respond to the disruption