DOE Announces Renewed Commitment to Closing Skills Gap


A 2011 Manufacturing Institute study found that as many as 600,000 high-skilled American manufacturing jobs remain vacant because of a lack of qualified candidates.

A new IAM video produced by the Machinists News Network outlines the Department of Education’s (DOE) newly-announced renewed commitment to adult education.

“We must find ways to reach more adults and upgrade their skills,” said Brenda Dann-Messier, DOE Assistant Secretary, at a recent Center for American Progress forum on how boosting adult educational skills can grow the middle class. “Otherwise, no matter how hard they work, these adults will not have the skills to provide for themselves or their families. They will find opportunities in the 21st century closed to them.”

DOE officials say over the next several weeks, the agency will engage labor, business and workforce development leaders in town hall meetings in local communities across the country, using the feedback to improve and update training programs.

According to researchers at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 36 million people in the U.S. lack the employment skills to compete in the current economy.

A 2011 Manufacturing Institute study found that as many as 600,000 high-skilled American manufacturing jobs remain vacant because of a lack of qualified candidates.

Watch “A Recommitment to Skills” by clicking here.