January 21, 2018

One Voice Files Comments on Workforce Innovation Law

06/15/2015

On June 15, 2015, NTMA and PMA jointly filed comments to the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). One Voice strongly endorsed WIOA, an update to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, and its passage last year was a major victory for One Voice and all manufacturers. 

The new law reforms WIA by eliminating 15 outdated programs, encourages the use of industry recognized skills certifications, and provides a greater role for businesses in implementing workforce programs locally. In a January 2015 survey of 157 small and medium-sized manufacturing companies around the country, 90 percent reported having skilled job openings. 

One of the main points raised by One Voice in the comments was the need for flexibility, whether in the structure and composition of the workforce investment boards (WIB) or the design of training and apprenticeship programs. 

One Voice will continue to work the Department of Labor (Department) as WIOA is implemented to ensure manufacturers have a qualified workforce.

To view the comments One Voice filed, click here