By passing the SECTORS Act, partnerships and programs like those established by the National Fund could be expanded and strengthened. Similar programs could be replicated in other cities. As a result, more workers would be guided to careers that provide for a better way of life for themselves and their families. Communities would be strengthened as more citizens move up to better-paying jobs. More employers would more easily find the qualified workforce they need. And strengthening the pool of skilled workers in growing industries would enable our nation to better compete in the global economy, both now and in the future.
In short, the SECTORS Act would create real partnerships between industry, education, workers and job seekers. It is the best way to address the skills gap, which is slowing down the recovery in communities throughout the country.
Fred Dedrick is executive director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.