Policy Agenda - A Skilled Workforce
Increasing the skills of Rhode Island’s workforce is vital to strengthening our economy and enabling Rhode Islanders to better support themselves and their families.
The Economic Progress Institute supports the following policy objectives that will help implement the Employment and Training Plan objectives:
- Increase investments in workforce training: The Governor proposes to invest $3 million in workforce training. The funds would support paid internships for college students, short-term subsidized jobs for unemployed adults and development of non-trade apprenticeships in growth industries including IT and health care. Two bills would provide an additional $3 million in resources for the Governor’s Workforce Board to support other workforce strategies including basic skills training, incumbent worker training, youth employment and career pathways.
- Provide access to affordable child care for time in job-training: New programs that provide short-term training leading to directly to a job are a key strategy to help unemployed workers find employment. Parents cannot participate in these programs, if they need help paying for child care, even though they would be eligible for assistance once they started work. In addition, parents who are already working and want to increase their job skills cannot do so if they need child care to participate in training or education.