There is a crisis in the equipment industry. Distributors of all sizes and from all parts of the country have found it increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates for technician roles. As older, more experienced workers retire the labor force loses its most dependable and knowledgeable members. To compensate, industry needs a robust talent pipeline in place so that new workers can be developed into the workforce of the future.
Lawmakers took a great step in 2014 by passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), a much-needed re-invigoration of the federal program that provides funding to states for career and technical education – its first overhaul in 15 years. To continue that work, Congress must now provide the same boost to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Perkins is a mechanism for the federal government to empower states and local communities to work with businesses to build training programs that meet the needs of employers. Through collaboration and federal support, technical programs can serve their students, local businesses that need technical talent, their communities and the national economy.
Join AED and tell Congress to support career and technical education. The workforce of the 21st century – and the future of your business – depends on it.