New Legislation May Aid Job Search

Published 07/23 2014 08:06PM

Updated 07/24 2014 12:05AM

New legislation could help people here in the Wabash Valley find a job.

The President signed the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

It's aimed at closing the skills gap.

The legislation makes changes to job training programs around the country.

It makes sure centers, like the work-one facilities in Indiana place a priority on programs and certifications that are recognized and in-demand by industries.

The new legislation is also aimed at boosting employer participation and aligning training programs with jobs that are available now.

Indiana senator Joe Donnelly, who helped craft the bill says it will be beneficial right here in the Wabash Valley, "Employers can contact places like Ivy Tech and Vincennes and reach and say 'look, we have opportunities that are available. Here's the kind of training we need'. We almost have programs that are now being like tailored design for different businesses. I know down in Dubois County, Jasper Transmission had a program designed in effect almost just for them by Vincennes because they had jobs that were available."

The workforce innovation and opportunity act also eliminates 15 programs deemed ineffective or duplicative.

It'll also require each state to create strategic plans and job training initiatives.

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