The Trump Effect

Department of Labor solicits proposals for national equity intermediary contracts

The positive impact of partnerships: a Q&A with Alma Salazar

NSC partners host lawmakers at workforce development, training, and education facilities

White House announces American Apprenticeship awardees

The Department of Labor announced the 46 recipients of the American Apprenticeship grants. The $175 million in grants are part of the Administration’s efforts to double the number of apprenticeships in the country.

NSC summer tour: Workforce innovation across the United States

National Skills Coalition has taken to the road this summer. Our staff got to see firsthand how the issue areas we have been working on are progressing in different states, and to meet people who have been tirelessly engaging in these efforts.

Growing skills gap: 80% of small businesses can't find qualified staff

Rachel Unruh, NSC Chief of Staff, and Traci Tapani, BLU employer, interviewed by the Guardian on the importance of sector partnerships for closing the skill gap, particularly for small- and medium-sized employers.

DOL awards sector partnership grants

Yesterday, the Department of Labor awarded $138 million in Sector Partnership National Emergency Grants to 27 states and the Cherokee Tribal Nation.

The secret behind hotel workers making $19 an hour in Boston

NSC partner Marie Downey, executive director of BEST Corp., featured in National Journal. Bes Corp., prepares low-skill workers for higher-paying jobs in the hotel industry.

Learning middle-skills to snag living wages

NSC board member and president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino Juan Salgado featured in Chicago Tribune. Instituto prepares immigrants for middle-skill jobs that workforce industry leaders say are key to Chicago's economic recovery.

UpSkilling America: How industry partnerships can improve our community

In an op-ed by in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, NSC partner and director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District council John Gaal discusses the importance of its Building Union Diversity (BUD) program.

Dr. Gaal Goes to Washington

NSC partner and director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District council speaks with Construction Forum St. Louis about the White House Upskilling Summit.

DOL announces sector partnership grants

On April 29, The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of $150 million in Sector Partnerships National Emergency Grants.

Leadership spotlight: John Brauer

NSC Leadership Council member John Brauer of the California Labor Federation sheds light on his role as Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development. Read the interview in which he discusses sector-based strategies and upskilling initiatives.

Washington Update: Budget Edition

Check out this month’s Washington Update for an in-depth analysis of key workforce and education funding requests in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request and details on new guidance from DOL on WIOA implementation.

New report flags opportunity to act collectively on skills

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education highlights the opportunity created by three coinciding developments in the adult education and workforce fields.

Skills investments featured in governors’ budget proposals

Several governors have proposed investments in skills strategies as part of their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

113th Congress Comes to a Close

On December 16, the Senate adjourned for the year, marking the end of the 113th Congress. The past two years has been a period of major progress and sizable challenges for the workforce development field. Read NSC's write-up of the Congressional session.

NSC and Key Labor Partners Attend AFL-CIO and AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education

On November 13, NSC and numerous key labor partners attended a summit co-hosted by AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers on the role of career and technical education (CTE) in preparing students for jobs in the 21st century economy.

Leadership Spotlight: Susan Crane

Susan Crane, Executive Director of SkillUp Washington and NSC Leadership Council member, shares her experiences in bringing sector strategies to the federal system.

Associate Director Praises CA-Based Training Program in NYT

Rachel Unruh quoted in the NYT praising CA-based EMS Corps for its sectoral-focused employment training to prepare young men of color for careers as medical professionals.

A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

Associate Director Rachel Unruh quoted in the NYT praising CA-based EMS Corps for its use of sector partnerships to prepare young men of color for careers as medical professionals.

Senators Coons and Ayotte introduce bipartisan bill to boost manufacturing skills training

Senior Federal Policy Analyst Angela Hanks says the Manufacturing Skills Act would build talent pipelines to meet the manufacturing sector’s current and future workforce needs.

U.S. Schools Get Low Marks from Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen tells the Wall Street Journal that the business community should play a stronger role in setting standards and creating opportunities in the U.S. education system.

NSC Releases Analysis of White House Plan

NSC releases analysis of White House’s job-driven training action plan following Vice President Biden’s review of federal job-training programs.

Workforce Policy Playing Catch Up

NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen penned this post on his chapter of the recently released book, "Connecting People to Work."

NSC members join POTUS during Minnesota trip

President Obama recently traveled to the Twin Cities to outline his opportunity agenda for working families. National Skills Coalition members joined the President for each leg of the trip.

Better Skills, Better Jobs: NSC and partners attend NFWS Annual Meeting

NSC staff and partners joined nearly 400 workforce stakeholders at the NFWS Annual Meeting: Better Skills, Better Jobs, in Chicago.

States adopt new policies to close the skills gap

In 2014, states enacted legislation to close the skills gap by increasing access to career pathways, investing in job-driven training and sector partnerships, and setting policies to coordinate activities and collect outcome data.

DOL announces new job-driven grants.

The Department of Labor has announced the availability of $150 million for Job-Driven National Emergency Grants.

Holzer, Bernstein: A good jobs agenda.

Economists Harry Holzer and Jared Bernstein proposed a “good jobs agenda” including policies to “ensure that employers who would create good jobs here can find the workers with the skill sets they need.”

President, VP announce job-driven grants.

President Obama and Vice President Biden announced $550 million in grants to fund training partnerships between employers, community colleges and apprenticeship programs.

VP announces apprenticeship consortium

NSC analysis of President’s budget.

National Skills Coalition has released its analysis of key workforce and education funding requests in President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress.

President unveils FY 2015 budget.

President Obama focuses on job-driven training strategies in his fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal to train America’s workforce with the skills that match the jobs employers need to fill.

USDOL announces “Ready To Work” SGA.

The U.S. Department of Labor released the Solicitation for Grant Applications for $150 million in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants for industry-led workforce partnerships to prepare and place the long-term unemployed into good-paying jobs.

JVS jobs strategy held up as model at White House forum

Abby Snay, executive director of Jewish Vocational Service and NSC Board Chair, was profiled after attending the “Opportunity for All” summit at the White House on January 31.

South Central Michigan Works partner recognized by White House

PMPA Member Particpates at White House CEO Roundtable On Long-Term Unemployment

New Federal Job-Training Grants

The Obama Administration on Friday announced a new, $150 million grant competition for job-training partnerships that will feature employers, community colleges, unions and workforce boards.

QualiTest Invited to the White House for an Event on Long-Term Unemployment

New support for long-term unemployed.

President Obama announced $150 million in federal support for “Ready to Work" partnerships to "prepare and place the long-term unemployed into good jobs."

Mandina Introduces Vice President Joe Biden

Mike Mandina, President of Optimax and member of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships, introduced Vice President Joe Biden at Monroe Community College.

State of the Union Response

The President’s support for job-driven training and sector partnerships is a win-win for America’s workers and businesses.

State of the Union Response: President’s Support for Job-Driven Training and Sector Partnerships is a Win-Win for America’s Workers and Businesses

Response by NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Web Essay: Employers must be at school-improvement table

Opinion article by Mike Mandina, member of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships.

Event highlights how industry, education can work together

Previews NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen as keynote speaker for Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise's (FAME) event “Driving a New National Skills Policy: Why Local Partnerships Like FAME Make a Difference.”

Secretaries discuss TAACCCT in Michigan.

Today, the Secretaries of Labor and Education participated in a roundtable at Macomb Community College, which included the college’s president and former NSC Leadership Council member Jim Jacobs, to discuss the TAACCCT grant program.

WH focus on labor/management partnerships.

The White House brought labor and business leaders together for a Labor/Management Partnership Summit to address the need for both sides to join together and to make sure the country’s workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future.

Businesses Need Help to Boost Training

Business Leaders United member Mike Tamasi penned this article on the importance of industry-led sector partnerships and the passage of the SECTORS Act to help employers fill available jobs and close the skills gap.

Pritzker priority: Demand-driven training.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a new vision for the Commerce Department, including skills as a priority for the department.

Manufacturing initiative addresses skills gap.

A broad group of Senators introduced the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, legislation to strengthen and support the American manufacturing sector.

New Manufacturing Initiative Addresses Skills Gap

National Skills Coalition press release on the new "Manufacturing Jobs for America" initiative introduced by a group of senators.

BLU meets with Administration, Congress.

BLU brought over 50 business leaders from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to share their vision for a demand-driven federal workforce system with members of President Obama’s Cabinet, senior White House officials, and members of Congress.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Discusses Tackling the Skills Gap

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met with Business Leaders United, which is co-convened by NSC, to discuss what the Administration is doing to invest in workforce skills training.

Maine’s businesses need a skills partnership with Washington

NSC data is used to highlight the need for sector partnerships, investments in workforce development, and passage of the SECTORS Act to align employment and training programs with industry needs.

NSC leader profiled in Chicago Tribune.

Ray Prendergast, a member of National Skills Coalition’s Leadership Council, was profiled in this past Monday’s Business section of the Chicago Tribune.

Third Round of TAACCCT Grants Announced

Secretary Perez announces third round of TAACCCT grants to provide workers the skills and credentials they need to compete for good-paying, middle-skilled jobs that employers are struggling to fill.

Two new secretaries visit sector partnership.

Secretaries Perez and Pritzker visit a Maryland sector partnership and discuss the importance of business leaders’ involvement in working with educators, labor and other stakeholders to align training programs with the skills businesses need to grow.

Perez hits the road visiting sector partnerships.

Secretary Perez, prior to getting sworn-in, spent the past two months touring sector partnership training programs and meeting with business leaders to talk about how to tackle the skills gap.

NSC weighs in on long-term unemployed.

Over the last six months, National Skills Coalition’s staff, leadership and members have been weighing in with the White House on innovative strategies for addressing long-term unemployment in local communities.

Manufacturing New Talent

Scott Ellsworth, Chair of Business Leaders United which is co-convened by NSC, comments on the importance of employer involvement in the development on training programs in order to close the skills gap and meet industry needs.

Happy birthday! WIA turns 15 today.

As the Workforce Investment Act turns 15 it faces challenges and opportunities, including continued funding cuts and reauthorization.

Pathways Back to Work introduced.

Rep. George Miller introduced the Pathways Back to Work Act of 2013, legislation to support immediate employment and training activities for unemployed and low-income individuals. Sen. Blumenthal introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

Senate WIA bill advances.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted 18-3 to advance legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act.

BLU supports industry partnership legislation.

BLU weighed in with policymakers in support of two key pieces of workforce legislation - the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act of 2013, and the Community College to Career Fund Act.

Franken, Miller introduce community college bill.

Senator Al Franken and Representative George Miller recently introduced legislation to help community colleges address the skills gap in their local areas by organizing or expanding industry driven partnerships.

NSC Strongly Supports the Introduction of the SECTORS Act in the Senate

NSC press release announcing its strong support for the bipartisan introduction of the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act of 2013 by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

Senate introduces SECTORS Act.

This new federal support for industry-led sector partnerships will help workers get skills for the jobs employers need to fill.

House fails to pass Farm Bill.

A House vote to pass the Farm Bill, authorizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) program, failed 195-234.

MD Governor promotes sector partnerships.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley toured a Baltimore manufacturer of high-tech products for customers, including the U.S. Navy, to highlight the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) legislation he signed into law in April.

Portman, Bennet Introduce CAREER Act.

On Thursday, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Careers Through Responsive, Efficient and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act, legislation designed to improve the effectiveness of career training programs. National Skills C

DOL announces community college grants.

The Department of Labor last week (DOL) released the third Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.

SECTORS, WIA reform in “Make it in America”.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) recently unveiled his “Make it in America” agenda for the 113th Congress, which includes substantial investments in workforce development.

Closing the Skills Gap, Creating Opportunity: We Have a Way, But Do We Have the Will?

Associate Director Rachel Unruh highlights sector partnerships as the strongest approach to addressing the nation's skills gap and training workers with the skills employers need.

Sector Partnerships Key to Good Jobs, Growing Economy

NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen published this op-ed thanking Sen. Marco Rubio for voicing support for educating and training our workers and connecting that training with the needs of businesses.

Bi-partisan manufacturing legislation introduced.

Building a Stronger America Act of 2012 was introduced, which aims to increase U.S. manufacturing, competitiveness and exports.

Bennet, Portman introduce CAREER Act.

On September 20, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Careers Through Responsive, Efficient and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act (S. 3599), to improve the effectiveness of federal job training programs.

NSC releases SNAP E&T users' guide.

NSC is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, “Moving Low-Skill SNAP recipients Toward Self-Sufficiency,” designed to help the workforce field better understand and effectively implement SNAP E&T.

DOL announces H-1B grant awards.

The Department of Labor announced more than $183 million in grant awards to 43 public-private partnerships in 28 states to support education, training, and job placement services for workers in a range of in-demand industries.

New GAO report supports sector strategies.

The Government Accountability Office released a report that identifies sector-based partnerships as a vital workforce strategy for addressing the skill needs of workers and employers within local or regional economies.

When industry-based training is a public good.

Andy Van Kleunen responds to the January 8th New York Times cover story "Private Sector Gets Jobs Skills; Public Sector Gets Bill"