Supporting Knowledge & Investing in Lifelong Skills


The SKILLS Act passed the House on March 15, 2013 in a 215-202 vote. Click here to see how your Representative voted »


Nearly twenty million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, many others are hoping to change careers, and countless businesses are looking for employees and having trouble finding individuals with the skills they need.

The SKILLS Act will modernize and reform our federal workforce development programs and help make life work for more people.

Helping Job Seekers

Eliminating arbitrary roadblocks that prevent workers from accessing job training immediately.

Learn More »

Helping Employers

Ensuring workforce investment system is responsive to the needs of employers.

Learn More »

Reforming Government

Eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy and overhead so more resources are devoted to helping job seekers.

Learn More »

Helping Job Seekers

The SKILLS Act eliminates arbitrary roadblocks that prevent workers from accessing job training immediately and helps ensure that support is tailored to the specific needs of individual workers.

Under the current system individuals must first go through a process that includes resume assistance and career counseling even if what the individual really needs for a new job is training.

Helping Employers

The SKILLS Act ensures that the workforce investment system is responsive to the needs of employers by requiring that two-thirds of state and local Workforce Investment Board members are employers.

The SKILLS Act also eliminates roadblocks that have prevented a growing number of community colleges from participating in the system.

Under current law, community colleges have to apply multiple times to be on every eligible training provider list in each local area.

The SKILLS Act eases this process, allowing community and technical colleges to apply once to be included on the list of eligible providers.

The bill also allows community and technical colleges to contract with local boards to provide group training.

Reforming Government

The SKILLS Act eliminates and streamlines more than 30 separate federally funded workforce development programs and creates a single Workforce Investment Fund.

The bill also empowers governors to further consolidate different programs and streamline the administration of the workforce programs.



Top 15 Occupations for which Adults Received Training

  1. Nursing Assistants
  2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  3. Registered Nurses
  4. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  5. Medical Assistants
  6. Computer User Support Specialists
  7. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  10. Medical Secretaries
  11. Manufacturing Production Technicians
  12. Office Clerks, General
  13. Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
  14. Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
  15. Production Worker Helpers

The Support Workers Need

The SKILLS Act eliminates and streamlines dozens of ineffective and duplicative programs, and creates a flexible Workforce Investment Fund. This new fund will provide state and local leaders an efficient resource to deliver the support their workers need.

Source: @EdWorkforce

Source: @EdWorkforce


Support For The SKILLS Act

  • Gov. Rick Scott
  • Gov. Rick Snyder
  • Gov. Chris Christie
  • Gov. Tom Corbett
  • Gov. Gary Herbert
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell
  • American Action Forum
  • American Hospital Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • American Trucking Association
  • Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  • Cost of Government Center
  • Euro Composites
  • Forging Industry Association
  • FreedomWorks
  • Germanna Commmunity College
  • Heritage Foundation
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Council of Chain Restaurants
  • National Restaurant Association
  • National Retail Federation
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • Nebraska Trucking Association
  • Rebuilding America’s Middle Class – A Coalition of Community Colleges
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • Virginia Trucking Association
  • West Virginia Trucking Association