July 24, 2015 – NADO (National Association of Development Organizations)
This week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved a comprehensive energy reform package that modernizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and includes a number of reforms that protect the nation’s energy supply and infrastructure.
The bill includes a provision directing the Secretary of Energy to establish a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs. Under the provision, the Secretary is directed to collaborate with representatives from the energy and manufacturing industry to identify the areas of highest need and develop guidelines for the skills necessary to enter the workforce. The Secretary also is directed to provide direct assistance to schools, community colleges, workforce development organizations, non-profit organizations, labor organizations, apprenticeship programs, and minority-serving institutions to carry out the program established in this section. This provision also provides special consideration for increasing outreach to employers and job trainers in preparing displaced and unemployed energy and manufacturing workers to re-enter the workforce. The bill now heads to the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration. Click here for a bill summary [PDF download]. Click here to view the full text of the bill [PDF download].
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