Our Mission

The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce

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.

Quick Fact

12 M

unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013

92 M

U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills

52%

of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps

248%

increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009

62%

of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education

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Latest News

CIAW thanks House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees for taking action on Continuing Resolution.

On October 27th, CIAW sent a letter to the House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees to give thanks for completing action on the short term Continuing Resolution (CR) through December 9, 2016. CIAW believes CR allows ample time for Congress to complete action on the remaining FY 2017 appropriations while causing the least disruption to our economy. Read the full letter here.

CIAW urges the House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees to complete action on FY 2017 appropriations bills

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.

 

CIAW Urges House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee to Support Key Workforce and Education Programs

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.

CIAW Urges House and Senate Budget Committees to Provide Sufficient Funding for Function 500: Education and Training Programs

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.