The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative
George W. Bush
"The changing economy can leave people behind if we're not wise. But the changing economy also is good news. It creates higher-paying, higher-quality jobs. And that's what's happening here in America. And that's why it's essential that these kind of programs that we're talking about provide willing souls with the skills necessary to take advantage of it." ~Mesa Community College January 21, 2004,
President George W. Bush laid out the main objectives of his ground-breaking approach for closing skills gaps during remarks to operating engineers in Ohio on Labor Day 2003: “The High Growth Job Training Initiative in this administration is aiming to give workers the skills they need to realize their dreams. It’s a collaborative effort to help team up people with the jobs that are needed, to make sure that the changes in our economy don’t leave people behind.”
This Presidential initiative is a strategic effort to prepare workers to take advantage of new and increasing job opportunities in high growth, high demand and economically vital sectors of the American economy. Fields like health care, information technology, and advanced manufacturing have jobs and solid career paths left untaken due to a lack of people qualified to fill them. The High Growth Job Training Initiative targets worker training and career development resources toward helping workers gain the skills they need to build successful careers in these and other growing industries.
To put this approach into action, the High Growth Job Training Initiative identified 14 sectors that fit within the following criteria:
(1) they are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy or affect the growth of other industries; or
(2) they are existing or emerging businesses being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skills sets for workers.