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White House Issues Report on Job-Driven Training

July 24, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a new report on “job-driven training” during a White House press conference on July 22.

“We see incredible opportunities in high-growth industries like advanced manufacturing, information technology, and health care,” Biden wrote in the introduction to the report (pdf).

“Going forward, our Administration will work with leaders in these industries to promote partnerships between education and workforce institutions in order to create training programs that help Americans succeed in these growing fields,” he continued.

The 76-page report highlights many successful workforce training programs that already exist throughout the country.

For example, the report highlights SEIU Healthcare NW, whose Training Partnership program trains 40,000 students to become home care workers every year in Washington State. The program is based on PHI’s entry-level training for home health aides.

It also looks at the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, which provides certified nursing assistant training.

In January, President Obama tasked Biden with improving federally run workforce training programs.

Later at the press conference, Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which reauthorized key workforce development programs administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

— by Matthew Ozga

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