For Immediate Release
The Path Forward Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Efforts to Designate September as “National Workforce Development Month”
Washington, D.C. – The Path Forward Coalition applauds the spirit and bipartisan approach to S.Res.267, a resolution unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to designate September as “National Workforce Development Month,” which promotes the American workforce and acknowledges the crucial role workforce development plays in growing the US economy.
“Millions of young people get their first jobs in the service sector, and employers across the restaurant and retail industries are engaged in efforts to create development and advancement opportunities. This is especially important as new innovations in technology are enhancing the customer experience and changing the future of work. Path Forward applauds the bipartisan group of policymakers from across the country for their leadership on this issue,” said Path Forward Senior Advisor Broderick Johnson.
“Path Forward is proud to support industries that take seriously the role played by businesses to help American workers acquire lifelong skills, develop good habits, and find a pathway to future success both in the service sector and other industries. In this changing economy there are critical roles for policymakers, NGOs, companies and skills-providers to play. We look forward to continuing to work together to raise awareness about the service industry’s efforts to strengthen our workforce and empower millions of people so they have the tools, benefits, and skills they need to learn, grow, and build lifelong careers,” said Path Forward Senior Advisor Robert Doar.
Path Forward is committed to promoting the service sector as an industry of opportunity, and demonstrating how restaurants and retail stores are adapting to a changing economy. With 30 million combined restaurant and retail industry employees, the service sector plays a significant role in preparing and strengthening the American workforce, supporting one if four U.S. jobs.