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President signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

(An update from the National Association of Manufacturers)

Tuesday, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was passed by the House earlier in July and the Senate last month.

This key piece of legislation replaces the Workforce Investment Act and makes the Federal workforce system more responsive to employer needs. It embraces the NAM goals of prioritizing industry-recognized credentials, reducing the number of prescriptive workforce training programs and streamlining the workforce training system. The legislation is also an example of how bi-partisan compromise can be achieved and proof that our legislative process can work.

In coordination with the signing ceremony, Vice-President Biden released a report on Workforce Programs titled, “Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.” The report was requested by the President in the State of the Union address earlier this year to evaluate all Federal workforce training programs to determine how to “…connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs”

The report can be found here.

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