Bill to support training for infrastructure jobs reintroduced

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A bill has been reintroduced to the U.S. Senate to support training in skilled infrastructure jobs.

Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman reintroduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills Act to make sure workers are prepared with the skills they will need for infrastructure jobs in fields like construction, transportation and energy.

"It's critical that we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, but in order to do that, we need a skilled workforce," said Kaine. "This bill will help workers get the training they need to succeed and take on the good-paying jobs in critical infrastructure industries like transportation and IT."

A Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce study has estimated a $1 trillion infrastructure investment could create 11 million new jobs, nearly half of which would require skilled job training beyond a high school level.

The bill would promote sector partnership between local businesses and industry organizations, workforce boards, labor representatives, and education and training providers to support training programs in infrastructure-related fields.

According to a release, it would incentivize businesses and industries to work with the greater community to create on-the-job training programs to fill the jobs necessary to expand the infrastructure system, connect businesses and education providers to develop curriculum to complement such training, train managers and front-line workers to serve as mentors to people in work-based learning programs, offer resources and career awareness programming to recruit and retain people for workforce training programs, and provide support services so workers are successful going from pre-employment to holding a full-time position.

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