Urging Inclusion of the JOBS Act
The Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition is a Washington-based business group focused on job training and workforce development. Members include employers and employer associations from a broad range of industries experiencing skills mismatches and worker shortages – IT, manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality, among others. As representatives of business and industry, we see first-hand how the economy is changing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans are still out of work. Many will need to reskill for a new job or a new industry. The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the automation and workplace restructuring that we once called the “future of work.” Passage of a national infrastructure initiative will only add to the challenge, sharply increasing demand for skilled technical workers, and the two trends together will require extensive reskilling for years to come across the industries we represent.