Bipartisan bill to help small businesses provide training and ease labor shortage

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WASHINGTON DC – Friday, Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06), Jason Crow (D-CO-06), Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI-05) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02), all members of House Small Business Committee, joined the introduction of the bipartisan Small Business Labor Pipeline Act to help more small businesses provide apprenticeships and on-the-job learning opportunities for their workers. By empowering these businesses to invest in their workforce, MPs also intend to address the labor shortage, which has greatly affected our country’s small businesses.

“The past two years have changed the landscape of our workforce in ways we couldn’t have anticipated,” Houlahan said. “That means Pennsylvanians and all Americans could be looking for new job opportunities in emerging careers, especially in our technical fields. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how important it is to support workers of all ages and abilities through apprenticeship and job training programs. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the Bipartisan Small Business Labor Pipeline Act alongside Representatives Crow, Fitzgerald and Garbarino to help our workers develop the skills they need for our economy. of the 21st century.

“As we rebuild after the pandemic, many workers are changing lanes and looking for different job opportunities. Workplace learning opportunities such as apprenticeships are key tools to help these individuals retrain and develop,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “I am proud to join Reps. Houlahan, Fitzgerald, and Garbarino in introducing the Small Business Workforce Pipeline Act to connect more workers to apprenticeships that will help them get good jobs while alleviating labor shortages. for our business owners.”

“I hear every day from small businesses in Wisconsin talking about the labor shortage in our country. Apprenticeship is one of the most successful forms of workforce development through paid on-the-job training alongside classroom instruction,” said Congressman Scott Fitzgerald. This bill will benefit manufacturers and other businesses in Wisconsin’s 5th District by making apprenticeships and other job training materials available to them.

“In the midst of a national labor shortage and an economy that shrank 1.4% in the first quarter of this year, we must find new and innovative ways to strengthen our workforce. and stimulate economic growth,” said Congressman Andrew Garbarino. “Improving access to on-the-job training and apprenticeships will not only allow job seekers to acquire the skills needed for well-paying jobs, but also connect workers with small businesses struggling with current labor shortages.”

For every unemployed person looking for a job, there are about 1.7 job openings in the economy. Although many companies have no trouble attracting candidates, they often find it difficult to find candidates with the skills they are looking for, and many are now turning to direct investments in their own workforce by as a benefit of employment.

Specifically, the Small Business Workforce Pipeline Act empowers Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to help small businesses across our nation establish and improve their apprenticeship and job training programs. SBDCs work with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide a suite of small business consulting and training services, and this would be an additional area of ​​support offered by SBDCs.

See the full text of the legislation here.

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