Examines best practices of federal employment and training programs; recommends administrative actions and provides guidance to states to increase their effectiveness.
In 2014, a presidential memo called for the vice president, along with a specified team, to develop an action plan to make America’s workforce and training system “more job-driven, integrated and effective” consistent with existing statutes (p.4). The review engaged elected officials, economists, workforce and training practitioners, labor unions, educators, employers, and workers and identified three problems: (1) employers can’t find enough skilled workers, (2) education and training programs need better information on required job skills, and (3) workers aren’t sure what training to pursue and whether jobs will be available upon completion of training. The report outlines various opportunities to reform federal employment and training programs. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)