WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) has voted in support of the “SKILLS Act,” legislation designed to make it easier for individuals in Northern Michigan seeking job training to acquire the skills need to find a good paying job.
“Right now, it can be really tough to find a good paying job in Northern Michigan. Part of the problem is that a lot of job seekers aren’t able to get the right training in order to fill the positions available out there. This legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that more people can get the skills needed to land a job that pays enough to provide for a family and pays the bills,” stated Dr. Benishek.
The “SKILLS Act” streamlines 35 ineffective and duplicative federal programs and also creates a workforce investment fund to act as a single source of federal support for job providers. The legislation also ensures two-thirds of the members of state and local workforce investment boards are actually employers.
Vocational education and proper job training has been a top priority for Dr. Benishek during his time in Congress. Dr. Benishek has hosted educational round table meetings in Northern Michigan with educators and job providers, and continues to explore proposals to promote vocational education in the First District so that individuals have the proper training to secure the jobs available.