WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Many employers are having a difficult time finding skilled workers to fill job openings. A new law aims to change that, by boosting career and technical education programs. Our Washington correspondent Jessica Smith reports
New data from the labor department show there are more job openings than people looking for work in the US. Experts say that’s at least in part, because many people don’t have the experience or knowledge they need to fill the open jobs.
Senator Rob Portman (R) Ohio, says a new law will help narrow that gap. The President recently signed a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening Career and Technical Education, or CTE, programs. Portman pushed for a provision that encourages partnerships between local businesses, industries and schools…to give students on-the-job learning experience. Senator Gary Peters, (D) MI says the idea is to make sure workers, especially young people, learn the technical skills needed for today’s jobs….often without racking up too much student debt. The law includes Peter’s measure to create a grant program to help educate high school counselors, so they can advise students about C-T-E options. The law authorized $1.2 Billion dollars in federal funding for career and technical education. The Education Department will work with states to get the programs going.