KIMT News 3 – Job creation and job training are just a few of the things Senator Klobuchar highlights in her trip to the White House.
Joined by members of the Minnesota Workforce Development Program, Senator Amy Klobuchar touches on ways to help boost skills training for those who have been unemployed long-term.
Klobuchar stressed the need for forward-thinking policies that help more Americans get back to work by strengthening skills training initiatives and fostering partnerships between businesses and educational institutions.
“We still have a significant number of people that are out of work for more then six months, they get disillusioned, they don’t have the skills to fill the jobs we have. And at the same time we have employers particularly in high manufacturing and other areas that can’t find people to fill the jobs,” said Klobuchar.
Hopes are that with bipartisan support, solutions can be found for the 4.7 million long-term unemployed nationwide.
“The overall job market has improved considerably for most workers, but members of the long-term unemployed still face significant challenges and we must do more to help these Americans get back on their feet.” Klobuchar said. “Minnesota is already leading the way and I look forward to taking some of the best practices we’re seeing at organizations like Workforce Development Inc. and applying them at the national level, through bipartisan policies that promote skills training and foster stronger partnerships between schools and local businesses.”
Randy Johnson, Executive Director of Workforce Development testified about the impact of programs in helping people learn new skills and get back to work in southern Minnesota.