If Congress Cuts Training Investments from Biden’s Plan, Local Workers Won’t Have Access to Infrastructure Jobs
Washington, D.C. — National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) today released a six-point policy proposal from its Infrastructure Recovery Panel to inform President Biden and Congress’s economic recovery negotiations. At the top of the list: ensure the President’s proposed investments in skills training and worker supports are included in Congress’s final infrastructure plan.
The 21-member group of experts — including business leaders, labor leaders, community college leaders, training providers, and others – called for a set of targeted investments and policies that are essential to any job creation efforts and the President’s goal of an equitable, sustainable recovery.
“Right now, 9.3 million Americans are jobless. Workers of color, women, and workers with a high school degree or less have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic’s economic devastation,” said Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition. “These recommendations come from leading experts working in local communities who know first-hand what an effective, equitable, people-centered infrastructure plan has to include.”
Panelists have been meeting with federal officials over the last month in advance of publicly releasing their recommendations. In addition to calling for the $100 billion investment in skills training in the President’s American Jobs Plan, the panel outlined six critical pillars for successful job creation and an inclusive recovery which can be viewed here.
“The need to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure goes back decades. But infrastructure must be by the people, for the people,” said Van Kleunen. “Federal leaders must invest in training and supports along with bricks and mortar to ensure that local workers can access new infrastructure jobs in their communities. Without these investments, our economic recovery will be anything but equitable.”
NSC and BLU convened four recovery panels for the following industries: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Retail/Hospitality. The other three panels will release their recommendations in the coming weeks.
The Industry Recovery Panel initiative is supported by Walmart Inc., JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Microsoft. The findings and conclusions presented in these briefs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of these foundations and corporations.