Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced legislation yesterday that strongly promotes the use of Industry recognized Credentials. The bill, called the Careers through Responsive, Efficient and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act looks to streamline the Workforce system by increasing incentives for accountability through a pay-for-performance metric for job training serves, creating access to the National Directory for New Hires, looks to streamline to multitude of job training programs and steers Federal dollars towards credentials in-demand by industry.
These changes are a positive step towards improving the workforce system. Particularly, we are pleased that it emphasized the need to focus efforts and resources towards skills and credentials that are recognized and in-demand by the private sector. The NAM looks forward to working with Senators Portman and Bennet on this effort.
Joe Trauger is vice president of human resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.