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Vice President Biden praises job training efforts in NH

Union Leader Correspondent

March 25. 2014 7:16PM
Vice President Joe Biden praised New Hampshire’s workforce development programs yesterday at New Hampshire Works in Nashua. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, left, also spoke. (Tracy McGee Photo)

NASHUA — Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday visited the local NH Works location, meeting workers and praising the Granite State’s workforce development programs.

Biden visited the American Job Center facility with Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. The vice president met with workers before speaking on the importance of job development programs in New Hampshire and across the country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan also spoke and Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and other local and state officials were in attendance.

Biden mentioned the success of the on-the-job training program that offers a partnership between government and private business. The training program reimburses a company for the cost of training a new employee.

“These programs, I think, are a great example of the kinds of training that should be available to every job seeker, Biden said. “Training that doesn’t just teach you new skills, but training that aligns those skills with the employers’ needs now and in the near term,” Biden said.

Biden cited figures that show 95 percent of the people who go through such training programs are employed now.

He said there is a definite need for skilled workers and people who have successfully completed on-the-job training programs. Biden said six out of 10 jobs in the next decade are going to require some education beyond four years of high school.

He also cited a recent survey by the Boston Consulting Group that shows 53 percent of American companies that have operations in China want to come back to America because of cheaper costs.

“We have to train, we have to train for actual jobs and make sure people get placed in those jobs, because they exist and they’re coming home,” Biden said.

Biden briefly quoted Perez, saying “‘We can’t train and pray.”’ Instead, training should focus on the short-term, immediate needs as well as longer term needs.He praised New Hampshire for having programs that are grounded in “real needs, in real opportunities, and real results.”

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