Washington — Feb. 27
The across-the-board federal spending cuts, known as the sequester, expected to kick in Friday will result in more than $450 million being slashed from federal employment and training programs for 2013, according to the National Skills Coalition (NSC).
On Wednesday, NSC held a call with local job training providers and employers to highlight the impact that cuts will have on job training programs. As a result of the budget cuts, nearly 2 million fewer workers will have access to critical services that would help improve their skills for jobs employers need filled, the NSC said.
“These across-the-board cuts will mean millions of workers and employers won’t be able to get the skills needed to close the skills gap, reduce unemployment and create more jobs,” said Rachel Gragg, federal policy director of National Skills Coalition.
Local workforce providers participated in the call including Raymond Prendergast, director of the manufacturing technology program at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, and Abby Snay, executive director of Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco. Michael Tamasi, president and CEO of AccuRounds in the Boston area, also joined the call.
Source: National Skills Coalition