ST. LOUIS – After a week of listening to Missouri businesses about their needs to create jobs and grow the economy. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today announced that she plans to support a stronger, more efficient system for employment skills training, hoping to help fill a void for many manufacturers throughout Missouri.
McCaskill spent the week holding meetings with local businesses in Perryville, Jackson, Sikeston, O'Fallon, Troy, Earth City, St. Louis, and Lee's Summit. Employers and employees have shared ideas and concerns with McCaskill on how to continue expanding business and job opportunities across the state, and how to stop jobs from being shipped overseas.
Standing in front of the St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment (SLATE) today, McCaskill discussed the input she has received so far, and described steps Congress can take to create more jobs and boost business—steps such as eliminating duplication and waste in federal job training efforts.
"We need to look at our training and placement programs to figure out what is working and what we can improve," McCaskill said. "I'm here today to listen to the folks who are dedicating each day to finding work for the thousands of Missourians who have lost their jobs due to the struggling economy. As we continue looking for places to cut government spending, we need to figure out how to streamline programs to make sure taxpayers are getting the biggest bang for their buck."
McCaskill specifically highlighted SLATE's work that is helping put people back to work, and pointed to a need to eliminate duplicative programs at the federal level to increase efficiency, so that that organizations like SLATE have the flexibility to be effective and can use their time to serve the community, not filling out dozens of pages of grants applications at numerous agencies.
McCaskill plans to continue her tour around the state listening to Missouri's employers throughout the month and to bring their input and ideas back to the Senate this fall.
~Relesed by Senator McCaskill Office
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment