In order to ensure that Pennsylvania can continue to boast a skilled and inspired workforce and remain competitive in the global marketplace, the PA Chamber has made workforce development a cornerstone of its mission in the 21st Century. To that end, we are working to close the jobs skills gap through an innovative partnership with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving Pennsylvanians who are pursuing a rewarding career in the skilled trades. We also are encouraging policymakers to strengthen existing workforce development programs to make sure that the Commonwealth is fully developing and harnessing the talent, skills and capacities of its citizens.
To be successful in today's global economy, Pennsylvania must develop and harness the talent, skills and capacities of its citizens. Workers must be able to adapt and continually acquire the work practices and skills required by modern, flexible businesses. Unfortunately, public workforce development programs are too often based on out-of-date industrial models and not designed to meet current needs. Programs must also embrace a life-long approach to learning that is critical to the economic success of the Commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry strongly encourages policymakers to undertake regular and thorough reviews of existing workforce development programs to make sure that each is part of achieving comprehensive, high quality results at an acceptable cost-per-participant. These reviews should include a cost-benefit analysis and an analysis of ways that excessive fragmentation of workforce development programs can be eliminated to provide more efficient delivery of services. Information from these reviews should be made readily available to the public. In addition, The Pennsylvania Chamber supports: