In May 2018, Opportunity America testified about employers and job training before the House Education and the Workforce subcommittee on higher education and workforce development.
It’s often argued that companies no longer do enough workforce development. The critics aren’t wrong – it behooves business to do more. But a growing number of employers are waking up to the value of investing in their workforce. Programs are proliferating across the country. They come in all shapes and sizes. The challenge for the future: to encourage and sustain this activity, even when the business cycle turns down and labor markets are no longer as tight as they are today.
— Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby
The testimony zeroed in on three exemplary programs: Walmart Academies, Toyota T-TEN and a partnership between Spirit AeroSystems and Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.