The BUILDS Act
The BUILDS Act promotes industry partnerships made up of local businesses and industry organizations, workforce boards, and education and training providers to support workforce training programs in targeted infrastructure industries.
Any investment to improve our transportation, energy, construction, and infrastructure systems could create millions of new jobs, requiring millions of skilled workers to fill them. A study by the Center of Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University estimated that a $1 trillion infrastructure investment would create 11 million new jobs. Nearly half of these would require more than a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree. Infrastructure industries are already struggling to meet workforce demands.
The BUILDS Act will:
- Provide grants to industry or sector partnerships that encourage industry growth and competitiveness and collaborate to improve worker training, retention, and advancement in targeted infrastructure and transportation industry clusters
- Connect businesses and education providers to develop classroom curriculum to complement on-the-job learning
- Prepare managers and front-line workers to serve as mentors to people in the work-based learning programs
- Offer resources and career awareness programming to recruit and retain individuals for workforce training programs
- Provide support services like skills training, adult basic education, work attire and tools, child care, transportation, and mentoring to to ensure workers are successful from pre-employment to placement in a full-time position
- Rep. Susan Bonamici (D-OR-1)*
- Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA-15)*
- Rep. James Langevin (D-RI-2)*
- Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)
- Rep Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22)
- Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA-10)
- Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN-2)
- Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA-4)
- Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY-25)
* indicates original cosponsor
National Skills Coalition
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
National League of Cities
Jobs for the Future
National Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues
Jackson Area Manufacturing Association.