As the nation rebuilds in the wake of the pandemic, millions of Americans will need fast, job-focused upskilling and reskilling before they can return to work.

Employees in every setting will need to learn new safety protocols to protect themselves and others against the risk of infection. Workers in other fields will need new skills to keep up with changing technology. Still other workers will need reskilling to help them move from a struggling industry to a sector where demand is more robust.

How will the nation fund the upskilling that’s needed? Several proposals are circulating on Capitol Hill. Others trace back to previous congressional debates.

CONGRESS & WHITE HOUSE RECOVERY PROPOSALS
White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board call to action
Skills Renewal Act
Back-to-work bonuses
HEROES Act
Relaunching America’s Workforce Act
Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program
Broadband Connectivity and Digital Equity Framework

PROPOSED PREVIOUSLY
Personal Reemployment Accounts, Urban Institute, October 2012
JOBS Act of 2019
Tax incentive for businesses to upskill workers, National Skills Coalition, May 2020
ACCESS to Careers Act

OPPORTUNITY AMERICA JOBS & CAREERS COALITION
Letter to House and Senate education committees
Workforce Pell background