Due to the skills gap, an estimated 600,000 high-skill jobs across the country remain vacant. Senator Donnelly conducted this tour to hear from employers, educators, workers, and students and to advocate for Congress to pass common sense legislation that would modify existing federal training programs so that they place a priority on programs and certifications that are recognized and demanded by industry: the AMERICA Works Act.
This improvement will be a benefit for both workers and employers, as workers will know that the time they spend training will be more likely to lead to employment in a well-paying job, and employers will be more likely to hire folks that they know have the training they need to be productive on day one. Senator Donnelly is working with Senator Kay Hagan (NC) to build bipartisan support in order to reintroduce the AMERICA Works Act this Congress.
Photo: Senator Donnelly visits the ISU College of Technology on Tuesday, February 19th. Photo taken by ISU Photography Services