Donnelly sponsors retraining measure

Mar 23, 2011
In The News

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly plans to introduce a bill that would work to better match worker training programs to the needs of employers.

The American Manufacturing Efficiency and Retraining Investment Collaboration Achievement Works Act would prioritize existing federal work force training funds for educational programs that lead to industry-recognized credentials.

Donnelly, D-2nd, said Tuesday the need for workers with better-matched skills was a popular theme at a manufacturing summit he hosted in Indianapolis earlier this month. This bill, he said in a statement, aims to streamline the categorizing and credentialing of specific skills so job seekers can be better matched with employers.

The bill would require the U.S. labor secretary to create a registry of skill credentials, to be validated by a third party. It would also prioritize existing funds under several acts to training programs in areas of high demand.