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‘Cities know how to get it executed’ | US Labor Secretary praises San Antonio’s workforce development program

He joined Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20) to talk about the town’s Ready to Work program and its connection to nationwide workforce initiatives.

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh toured a southwest-side group faculty Monday as a part of his help for a jobs program in San Antonio.

Secretary Walsh joined Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX 20) to talk about the town’s Ready to Work program and its connection to nationwide workforce initiatives.

The program, which targets low-income residents, is funded by means of a voter-approved 1/8 cent gross sales tax by means of December 2025. Job coaching will likely be for high-demand industries reminiscent of healthcare, manufacturing and cyber safety, amongst others.

Organizers of the program say it is essential for San Antonio to put money into workforce coaching so as to meet the necessity for expert labor. 

The program is simply getting off the bottom. The mayor’s office says greater than 5,400 individuals have utilized for the program. At this level, about 1,000 of these have been interviewed and some hundred are assigned a case supervisor.

On a tour of producing labs on the St. Philip’s College campus, Secretary Walsh mentioned he hopes the Ready to Work program will function a mannequin for different cities.

“We need to be more intentional about investing in workforce development and we need to be doing with cities, quite honestly,” Secretary Walsh mentioned. “Because cities know how to get it done. And programs like Ready to Work should replicated around the country.”

San Antonio’s program ties in with the Department of Labor’s “Good Jobs” initiative to enhance job high quality throughout the nation.

“When I tour around the country, we share best practices. When I sit with colleagues, we take each others ideas, what is working and what is not working,” Secretary Walsh mentioned. “Certainly, my next visit as Secretary of Labor is in Ohio, and I will be talking about Ready to Work in Ohio.”

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