The Puget Sound Chapter NTMA was in attendance at a Field Hearing of the United States Senate Subcomittee on Employment and Workplace Safety held November 28th at the Olympic Hall of South Seattle Community College. Chaired by Washington State Senator Patty Murray, the hearing testimony from the distinguished panel of industry and education experts was delivered to a standing room only crowd gathered to hear about the role to be played by the Federal Government in workforce development and education.
The subject heading under which the assembled experts presented their testimony was “Making the Connection: Creating Pathways to Career Success for the Next Generation of Workerson”. Many of the panel testified to themes well known to anyone in our industry: that there are significant and growing shortages of the skilled people needed across a wide range of technical occupations, that resources available to schools and colleges have not kept pace with this need, and that the good news about manufacturing being alive and well in the state, in fact that is has grown significantly in the last 5 years is not getting out to the young, the unemployed, and the underemployed people of the state who would benefit from this demand for workers.
The written testimony presented at this first of several planned hearings is here.