• Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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Help us bring employer voices into the effort to preserve workforce training!

Despite slow economic growth and continued high unemployment, federal funding for workforce training may be slashed. For instance, the House Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Appropriations bill (HR 1) eliminates funding for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) state and local employment and training programs.The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) believes the voices of the many employers who benefit from these important workforce services must be heard. Will you help us bring employer voices into the effort to preserve workforce training?

The next decision Congress makes will be crucial. That’s why we need your help with the following by Thursday, March 31:

  1. Make sure as many employers as possible know that over $3.6 billion in funds for employment and training are on the chopping block, and let them know their voices are crucial.
  2. Ask your employer partners to express, in a sentence or two, the benefits they receive from training and employment services – and how important they consider it for Workforce Investment Act funding for training and employment services to continue.
  3. Send us their statement (at nnspinfo), along with the name, title, and company name of the person contributing it, as well as the workforce initiative they benefited from. (The names of the employer’s Congressional representatives would be helpful, too.)
  4. Send any other data you have about the benefits your workforce initiative has provided to employers.

If you are an employer, of course, we hope you will speak on your own behalf – and will spread the word among your peers.

Just in case you’re not sure what kind of statements we are looking for, here’s a good example from a business owner in West Virginia:

As a business owner I have used the West Virginia training programs to take unskilled workers who would only earn minimum wage and teach them a skill resulting in wages of $25,000 to $30,000. When we need employees in rural America it is difficult to find people who fit the skills we want and there is a learning curve. If we can accelerate that time by bringing in people who can train, the employee makes more and the company is able to supply more goods and services. Please keep this program funded. It helps manufacturing and keeps us moving forward.

NNSP is partnering with the National Skills Coalition, National Association of Workforce Boards, and other prominent national organizations to organize support for publicly-funded workforce development efforts. The statements you send us will go to policy-makers in a position to make a difference.

With millions of people unemployed and the nation’s businesses working as hard as they can to regain their footing, now is no time to cut employment and training services.

Please join us in sending a clear message to Congress.

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