Ready to Work

Let's equip our workers with the skills to compete in a 21st-century economy.

“I've asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now… If Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.”

President Obama during his 2014 State of the Union address


Watch President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks and sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


If you're ready to work, you should be able to find a job that fits your skills, or get trained with the skills you need for a better job.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President tasked Vice President Biden with leading a review of federal employment and training programs, with the aim of making them more job-driven. That review is complete, and now that the White House has identified what is working across the country, the aim is to multiply those shining examples. The Vice President’s report highlights successful job-driven training strategies, details executive actions that are being taken by the federal government, and new commitments by employers, non-profits, unions and innovators to help spread what’s working and to support more Americans in getting and moving up in in-demand jobs and careers.

Read the full report or fact sheet — then scroll down to learn more about why these training programs matter, and which programs around the country are working best.

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These programs are working right now, and they're making a difference. Take a look at examples of successful job-training programs across the country, and read more about what works in job training: www.dol.gov/asp/evaluation/jdt

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When it comes to training our workers, not all of today’s good jobs require a four-year college degree, but I promise you, there’s not a job out there that’s going to pay a lot if you don’t have some sort of specialized training. So our best bet is keeping ahead in the skills race.

President Obama on Skills Training

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What's Next

Today’s announcements build off significant work to date and lay the groundwork for much work to come. These reforms will be put into practice to ensure that America’s job-driven training systems work for both employees and businesses. Working together with governors and mayors, industry leaders, innovators and educators, unions, philanthropies, and community organizations, we can expand opportunity to the hardworking Americans who need it most.