NADCA praises bipartisan workforce development bill.
Press Release Summary:
May 30, 2014 - NADCA applauded members of Congress for coming together and releasing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Manufacturers have long called for an increased role in developing training and K-12 curricula. Bill will eliminate a number of outdated programs, improve accountability of job centers, and focus additional efforts towards on-the-job training activities. NADCA is calling on Senate to quickly move on WIOA bill to help manufacturers fill thousands of skilled jobs.
Original Press Release
NADCA Praises Bipartisan Congressional Workforce Development Bill
Press release date: May 22, 2014
Washington, D.C.– The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) applauded members of Congress for coming together and releasing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation marks the first time Congress would reform the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 since they allowed it to expire in 2003.
“We applaud this bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives for their leadership and efforts to address the skills gap,” said NADCA President Dan Twarog. “Part of the reason we have a skills gap in this country is many of the job training programs are outdated.”
Twarog continued, “Eighty-eight percent of our member companies report they have skilled positions open in their manufacturing plants today. As I travel the country and meet with NADCA members, the ability to recruit qualified employees is always near the top of the challenges they face.”
Manufacturers have long called for an increased role in developing training and K-12 curricula. The WIOA goes a long way towards that by directing Governors to appoint business representatives to State Workforce Development Boards. The involvement of manufacturers at the ground level is critical to ensuring workers have the skills necessary to meet employers’ demands.
The bill, revealed on May 21, will eliminate a number of outdated programs, improve accountability of job centers, and focuses additional efforts towards on-the-job training activities. NADCA is calling on the Senate to quickly move on the WIOA bill to help manufacturers fill the thousands of skilled jobs available in our industry.
Founded in 1989, NADCA represents more than 300 die casters in the U.S. Part of an industry with roughly 50,000 employees; the typical NADCA member has annual sales around $30 million with 150 full-time workers. The industry has facilities in roughly forty states manufacturing products for the agriculture, aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, medical, and other industries that serve as the backbone of our nation’s security and economy.