A bipartisan group of Senators and House Representatives is pushing for legislation for the Supporting Small Business Career and Technical Education Act to help strengthen the supply of skilled trade workers in the U.S. The group says the legislation is needed as fewer Americans pursue careers in the skilled trades, especially as older Americans retire. As a result, the economy lacks workers in key industries such as construction and nursing.
The bill, if passed, would help small business owners fill those gaps by connecting them with graduates of vocational programs through the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC). The Supporting Small Business Career and Technical Education Act also would offer resources from the SBDC and WBC that would help encourage more Americans to pursue a trade school degree.