While job growth has remained lackluster, the construction industry faces a shortage of qualified workers that threatens the future of the industry — up to 1.6 million workers by 2022.
Thankfully, Congress has taken an important step toward addressing this by passing H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
WIOA represents a significant move forward in streamlining and localizing job training by ensuring that local small business owners have a role in shaping workforce development and job training programs that fit the needs of the local economy. It also takes an important step in ensuring that training grants are available to training programs regardless of labor affiliation. By opening up job training money for all industry-recognized job training programs, WIOA allows more trainees to access the training they need.
We, along with our member companies, provide quality training programs that combine on-the-job learning with an up-to-date classroom curriculum. WIOA will help us further these efforts and provide the Florida economy with a qualified workforce.
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Peter M. Dyga, president, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, Coconut Creek