Portman pushes revamping worker training

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A U.S. senator made a stop in the Valley on Monday to talk about jobs.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, toured City Machine Technologies in Youngstown. The senator is focused on creating jobs and helping people get the training they need to fill more than 100,000 open positions throughout the state.

He’s pushing his Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act to make that happen.The proposed legislation is a revamp of the Worker Retraining Program.

Portman said the government spends $15 billion a year on training programs, but the results have been disappointing.

“So that’s one of the efforts that I’m pushing that is bipartisan. My co-sponsor is a Democrat from Colorado. We got part of it done at the end of last year at a committee. We’re trying to get the rest of it done now and help get the skills people need to be able to access the jobs,” Portman said.

For more information on the CAREER Act, click here.

Portman also made stops at a foundry in Columbiana and the Choffin Career Center in Youngstown.

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