President Obama’s budget includes proposals to train our nation’s workers similar to plans put forward by The Hamilton Project late last year. In particular, the President’s plan to use pay for performance strategies to incentivize training providers, community colleges, and local workforce organizations to find trainees find permanent jobs highlights ideas from a proposal by Louis S. Jacobson, Daniel G. Sullivan, and Robert J. LaLonde that would reward One Stop Career Centers and training providers when their trainees receive certifications, pass state licensing exams in high-return fields, or complete a substantial number of advanced courses. More details on this proposal are available here.
A second provision of the President’s training program would target training at employers in growing sectors and provide workers with the latest certified training and skills and lead to good paying jobs. In his Hamilton Project policy paper, Harry J. Holzer makes a similar proposal to target training funds toward high-growth industries with good-paying jobs, through a series of competitive grants to fund partnerships between key employers, training providers, workforce agencies, and other support services. Learn more about Holzer’s proposal here.
To learn more about training initiatives in President Obama’s budget, click here.