calls for greater and more effective federal investments in our nation’s skills, so more U.S. businesses can find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all U.S. workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.
unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013
U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills
of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps
increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009
of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education
On September 15, CIAW sent a letter to the House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees urging to complete action on FY 2017 appropriations bills as expeditiously as possible. From defense and national security to workforce and education programs, finishing the appropriations process by the end of the year is critical for our government to function effectively and efficiently. Read the full letter here.
On July 1, CIAW sent a letter to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee urging sufficient funding to support key workforce and education programs at their authorized levels, as they finalize the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. These vital education and workforce programs play a critical role in the effort to sustain our economic growth and reduce income inequality. Read the full letter here.
On March 16, CIAW sent a letter to the House and Senate Committees on the Budget urging sufficient funding for Function 500: Education and Training programs, such as those authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), the Higher Education and Opportunity Act, and Title V of the Older Americans Act. These laws authorize unique and important programs and services that help people to upgrade their skills, prepare for jobs employers seek to fill, and advance along career pathways. Read the full letter here.
On November 11, CIAW sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging enactment of final, omnibus spending legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2015 before the end of the calendar year. CIAW expressed that Congress must pass a true omnibus bill to make the funding adjustments that provide the workforce development system with the resources necessary to compete in the global economy. Read the full letter here.