Making Workforce a Top Priority
After years of consistent declines in the number of Vermonters in our workforce, Governor Scott stated it should be the top priority of all elected officials to expand and strengthen Vermont’s workforce.
- To lead a dynamic, coordinated and cross-agency workforce expansion effort, the Governor appointed a team of two former legislators from both sides of the political aisle.
- Developed a labor force expansion plan with strategic efforts across agencies, sectors and industries.
Modernized Licensing Requirements & Processes to Expand Workforce
- Working with the Secretary of State's Office of Professional Regulation (OPR), the Governor proposed and passed Act 119 of 2018, making it easier for servicemen and women to transition into the civilian workforce in Vermont.
- Working with OPR, providers and industry stakeholders, reformed administrative rules governing licensed treatment professionals. These reforms allow for growth in the number of professionals in the mental health and substance use disorder treatment fields.
Small Business-Based Recruitment
- Proposed and passed legislation to expand the Department of Labor’s role in, and ability to fund, small business workforce recruiting efforts.
Mature Workers & Returnships
- Proposed and secured an additional $100,000 in funding to implement a statewide Vermont Returnship Program for individuals returning to the workforce after an extended absence or seeking a limited duration job.
A Cradle to Career Education System
- Proposed and passed an increased investment of $2.5 million to expand the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP), making childcare more affordable and supporting the early-developmental needs of our kids.
- Proposed and passed the creation of a Career Pathways Coordinator position in the Agency of Education to help students access the education and training they need to obtain and advance in high-wage, high-growth careers.
- Increased investments in higher education:
- Proposed and passed legislation to offer free college tuition for members of the Vermont National Guard.
- Proposed and passed an increased investment in the base appropriation to the Vermont State Colleges by $3 million.
- Proposed and passed a nearly $1 million investment to support the merger of Johnson and Lyndon state colleges.
- Proposed and passed a $400,000 investment to purchase training equipment, fit up new space, and expand adult career and technical education training opportunities at career and technical education centers (CTEs) across Vermont.