WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Fremont-based WSOS celebrates the 10th anniversary of its marine trades training program, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called for passage of his bipartisan Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act, which would help unemployed workers train for high-growth jobs in their region. Brown taped a congratulatory video for the agency and will send an office representative to WSOS’ celebration today.
“The Marine Trades program has brought together area marine businesses, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, and Penta Career Center to create a program that trains students for jobs that are in demand,” Brown said. “The SECTORS Act builds on WSOS’ example of creating strong private-public partnerships to improve economic competitiveness here at home. It would help more communities develop specialized workforce training programs to connect workers to the needs of regional, emerging industries, replicating the success of sectors-style partnerships like WSOS’s Life Marine Trades program.”
Despite Ohio’s 7.5 percent unemployment rate, many employers in high-growth industries struggle to find workers to fill job vacancies. The SECTORS Act tailors workforce development to the needs of regional industries, allowing more workers to receive placements and attracting more businesses to a given region. The bill would organize stakeholders connected to a regional industry—businesses, unions, education and training providers, and local workforce and education system administrators—to develop plans for growing that industry.