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Vice President Biden to Seek Employer Engagement in Matching Training With Needed Skills

February 14, 2014

This week, the White House provided more detailed information on Vice President Biden's review of federal employment and training programs announced by the President during his State of the Union Address, raising expectations of a stronger employer role in those programs.  Specifically, the Vice President will be looking at four areas:

  • Engaging employers, industry associations and organized labor to identify the skills and services they need and to communicate those needs to education and training providers;
  • Providing better information through the workforce system on job demand, skills matching, career options and services, and developing training methods that rely on learning science and advanced technology;
  • Exploring metrics used to evaluate and assess programs and providers and suggesting effective approaches; and
  • Identifying ways to better align and coordinate education and training programs, including apprenticeships.
In calling for the review, the President asked Vice President Biden to "make sure [job training programs] have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now."  The Association's job board, WeHireAmerica.jobs, currently lists nearly 250,000 jobs available in the U.S. at member companies.  Jobs are located across the nation and range from part-time entry level positions to full time positions requiring advanced degrees.