Obama, Biden announce millions for job training
April 16th, 2014
09:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Oakdale, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers.

“When it comes to training our workers, not all of today's good jobs require a four-year college degree, but I promise there's not a job out there that's going to pay a lot if you don't have some sort of specialized training,” Obama said. “So our best bet is keeping ahead in the skills race and you see what happens when we put effort into making sure workers have new skills, the education that's required for this 21st century economy.”

Joined by Vice President Joe Biden at the announcement at a community college outside of Pittsburgh, the President said while the economy has been improving, there is still more work to be done for those who are unemployed and those who are underemployed.

“America's got a choice to make. We can do nothing, which is the strategy that some folks in Washington seem to have or we can do what we've always done best. We pull together, we fight back, and we win,” the President said.

The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers.

The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a long-standing problem facing the American job market: how to fill job vacancies requiring skills few Americans have.

High-growth sectors like information technology, high-tech services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing all require workers with specific sets of training. Many in those fields say they can't find enough American workers with the required skills, forcing them to find workers overseas.

The President first announced during this year's State of the Union address that he wanted Biden to lead an administration-wide task force to examine how Americans can better train for jobs. Since then the vice president has met with CEOs and business executives and visited job training centers in New York and New Hampshire.

Community colleges are another area the vice president has placed his job-creating focus. His wife Jill teaches part-time at a community college outside Washington. His trip on Wednesday also something of a homecoming for the Pennsylvania-born Biden.

The jobs effort is one aspect of Obama's so-called "year of action," during which the President has used executive actions on issues where Congress has been gridlocked.

The administration hopes the competition announced Wednesday will spur colleges and industry leaders to work more closely in developing skilled workers who could begin work when their training is finished. They also hope companies will design programs to help entry-level workers advance within ranks.

Officials also said the apprenticeship push would help place skilled workers in more jobs, since nearly all apprentices – 87% – find employment when their training is complete.


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    And the republican plan to fix this problem is.......... *crickets*

    Hey Boehner, whatever happened to "JOBS?" Repealing the ACA is not creating jobs. So, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    April 16, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    After the POTUS and VPOTUS leave Pennsylvania, they should come here to Newport News, Virginia where Newport News Shipbuilding has an awesome apprentice school that puts thousands to work.

    April 16, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. ghostwriter

    And I bet dollars to donuts someone will complain. Endlessly.

    April 16, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Where is Jobs-Bill? I think Republicans are so clueless. Very pathetic to sell out Koch, Sheldon, Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter no brains. This should have been there long time ago. Germany did job training, manufacture, infrastructure. Why not USA? We are not copying names from Hollywood to Bollywood. Way to go Obama. Straight democratic ticket this time too.

    April 16, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a long-standing problem facing the American job market: how to fill job vacancies requiring skills few Americans have
    -------------------------------------------------
    Excellent.
    No one wants to say it but I will, THIS President has been totally committed to battling the dumbing down of America and Americans.
    Americans complaina about jobs being outsourced or the hiring of foreigners to fill technicall positions here at home. The fact of the matter is that Americans have been UNDERperfoming for years in school and that carries to them not having the necessry skills needed to perform highly technical jobs....and not so highly technical.
    Education and training is the key to bringing some of these technical jobs back homes and keeping them here.
    Congratulations on your vision Mr. President.
    Yes we can, and we will.

    April 16, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Tabitha Bliss

    It's so funny these uneducated dimwits are chastising the house GOP over 'jobs', when all they'd have to do is go to Cantor's website that tracks jobs legislation & they'd know there's 40 'jobs bills' stuck in the Senate. In other words, under Harry Reid's desk! lol
    This isn't new news or anything. It's been stuck at 40 for a long time...
    Sorry, not much more they can do if Reid won't bring em up for a vote!

    April 16, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "High-growth sectors like information technology, high-tech services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing all require workers with specific sets of training. Many in those fields say they can't find enough American workers with the required skills, forcing them to find workers overseas."

    Three of my extended family members have completed their community college education and have entered the healthcare field here in Minnesota (gaining well paying jobs for their efforts).

    Kudos to all who will take advantage of these opportunities being offered.

    April 16, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. rla

    This president is a clear represenative of dumb-ed down America– narrow education, ideological isolation,and last but not least societel ignorance- What could go wrong? Jobs training– more hand outs that is proven to be one of the most unproductive expenditure of MY money ever! Jobs traing for all those jobs created over the last 5 years??? Really this is just another example of community organizers at work and not for the good of the country!

    April 16, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    The republican jobs bill calls for repealing ACA, denying women's reproductive rights, and cutting back on food assistance for the poor. I think wingnuts accept what Trump, Cantor, Bachmann, and Gomert say as the gospel.

    April 16, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Cantor seems to think that loosening federal security laws is a jobs bill.

    April 16, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. just asking

    but doesn't the federal government already have like 30-50 of these job training programs already spending billions of dollars? so have all these existing programs failed over the last 6 years? if so get rid of them. or are these new programs just going to add to the list of failed government training programs?

    in typical democrat fashion, they think just throwing millions of our hard earned tax dollars to the wind will fix everything. at a mimimum, before spending all this money, the bottom 10 programs in terms of performance should be eliminated.

    April 16, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    In perfect republican fashion, $24 billion was wasted in a government shutdown that hurt Americans, republicans caused a credit downgrades at a cost of trillions, unnecessary unfunded wars cost trillions, tax cuts for the wealthy cost trillions, and none of these created jobs.

    April 16, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Lizzie

    Name
    Romney-loser, criminal, moron, oops Mormon
    - be careful what you post, Harry Reid is a Mormon also with magic pants.

    April 16, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Tony D

    Tampa Tim
    The republican jobs bill calls for repealing ACA,
    -----
    Even after 4 years, a majority of the American people don't want it. We never asked for it and want it gone. We want point solutions for problems, not some whack job leftist takeover/destruction of our healthcare system.

    denying women's reproductive rights,
    --
    Millions born in the USA every year. What denial of reproductive rights?

    and cutting back on food assistance for the poor.
    --
    Obama has record numbers of people on food stamps. Cutting??? Also, not everybody receiving food stamps is poor. It only looks at income, not what somebody is worth. There was a large lottery winner on food stamps! The program is rampant with fraud.

    April 16, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Lizzie

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    And the republican plan to fix this problem is.......... *crickets*
    Hey Boehner, whatever happened to "JOBS?" Repealing the ACA is not creating jobs. So, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
    - why don't you ask Prince Harry Reid, he had over 40 house bills on his desk, but gee, let's not put them on the floor for a vote some of them might get passed with democratic support.

    April 16, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Training is meaningless without jobs........which recent college graduates will attest to.

    Get the jobs first, and then train the workers. Putting the cart before the horse, is simply STUPID!

    April 16, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. it must be said

    High-growth sectors like information technology, high-tech services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing all require workers with specific sets of training. Many in those fields say they can't find enough American workers with the required skills, forcing them to find workers overseas.
    ---

    Maybe this is because our horrendous liberal union controlled public school systems are turning out imbeciles that can't read or do basic math? Colleges have to actually give them remedial courses to try and get them up to speed. We didn't seem to have this problem back in the good old days of putting men on the moon. Maybe if the idiots in government would stop trying to reinvent the wheel in terms of education and go back to the tried and true, we'd have well educated kids again? Of course, a lot of the time wasted on liberal tripe would have to go so kids could concentrate on what is important.

    April 16, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Say what???

    Tampa Tim
    $24 billion was wasted in a government shutdown
    --

    Can you please quantify this ridiculous claim? Government workers got a paid vacation. Where was $24 "wasted"? You make no sense.

    April 16, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Sniffit

    These job vacancies exist because few people have the skills, but the industry in which the job exists is growing very quickly. The people this targets don't have jobs because they don't have skills to match the job openings that do exist. The solution is obvious: train them so they can grab those jobs. And yet, we have to listen to conservative morons say all sorts of ridiculous claptrap about it because they're still mid-tantrum over not winning the WH...TWICE.

    You know how you can tell when a proposed program is likely going to be effective, and that the GOP/Teatrolls are extremely worried that its effectiveness will turn into Dem votes from a grateful public? They scream and cry about nothing other than the "spending" and avoid any attempt to argue the actual merits and substance of the proposed program. Instead, they simply resort to their demagoguery about hand-outs and deficits and debt and make appeals to race resentments and geographic resentments and partisan frippery.

    This is a good program and will be money well spent and will likely result in some grateful voters: that's why the GOP/Teatrolls don't want it.

    April 16, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Tony D – There you go, cooking the books. After the record job loss of 2008, republicans have done nothing to help democrats fix the problem. Without republican help though, the Republican record job loss has been overcome.

    April 16, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Three of my extended family members have completed their community college education and have entered the healthcare field here in Minnesota (gaining well paying jobs for their efforts).

    Kudos to all who will take advantage of these opportunities being offered
    -------------------------------------------------Congratulations to them Lynda.
    Americans need to get serious about the educating ourselves not only to be able to compete in the global market, but to function and earn a decent living here at home.
    While we're at it we must also get serious about becoming fluent in a second language.
    Good to "see" you my friend. Hope you're well.
    I see that we're both taking much needed breaks from the stinking thinkin propagated on this site.

    April 16, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "Get the jobs first, and then train the workers. Putting the cart before the horse, is simply STUPID!"

    What don't you understand about these jobs already actually existing and remaining vacant because so few people have the required skills? Your tinfoil hat is on too tight.

    April 16, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Rick – The only part of your post that is true is the word stupid. Hard to go into a job interview without the skills for that job, and then get hired. Think about it.

    April 16, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Miami Mike

    After giving away $ millions at other countries for over five years (Egypt, continent of Africa, etc.), Obama finally invests on what he should have been doing in the first place, invest in the United States and it's tax paying citizens.

    However, a portion of the funds will inevitably be spent on illegal immigrants who are on the country illegally (just like how illegal immigration status was withheld from US Law Enforcement for Obamacare applications).

    Too bad no one is going to hire as the cost of employing in the US is rising because of the Dem's minimum wage hike push and Obamacare employement taxes.

    April 16, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    Say what???

    Tampa Tim
    $24 billion was wasted in a government shutdown
    -

    Can you please quantify this ridiculous claim? Government workers got a paid vacation. Where was $24 "wasted"? You make no sense.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except that $24B about a whole lot more than government workers getting paid. Are you REALLY this obtuse or are you just playing for the rightwing base?

    April 16, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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