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September 18, 2018

Montpelier, Vt. – Today Governor Phil Scott, along with other governors and private employers around the nation, joined the White House in its initiative to support America’s workers through workforce development and training opportunities.

“I’m pleased to join leaders across the country in committing to our workforce, providing for the skills and training needed for Vermonters and all Americans to succeed in the 21st Century economy,” said Scott.

On July 19, President Trump established the President’s National Council for the American Worker to “foster an environment of lifelong learning and skills-based training, and cultivate a demand-driven approach to workforce development…”
“The goals of this initiative align well with my Administration and the Vermont Legislatures’ focus on, and pursuit of, polices that expand and support our labor force here in Vermont. We’ve increased investment in Adult Career Technical Education, as well as internships and ‘returnships’ for workers looking to get back into the workforce. We’ve put career counselors in substance use disorder recovery centers and are working with public and private partners to redesign a workforce system to better serve Vermonters and Vermont employers,” Scott added.

The Trump Administration has asked governors from around the nation to pledge to “invest in the advancement of our current and future workforce by providing our students and workers with the education and training they need to develop the skills to succeed in the modern workplace, both in their current jobs and throughout their careers. Specifically, we pledge to support and promote: pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and work-based learning programs; continuing education, on-the-job training, and re-skilling; improving the portability of workforce credentials across State lines; and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.”

“As we continue our work to create a coordinated workforce development system, it’s valuable to have national partners and peers we can look to in order to develop policies and programs that lead to meaningful employment for all Vermonters,” Scott concluded.