April 30, 2019
WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) highlighted the strength of the U.S. economy, noting that employers are more willing to provide paid, on-the-job training for the workforce they need in a growing economy. He also talked about the need to reduce barriers to employment, particularly for veterans and military spouses.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“One thing I continue to see about this economy is, what a great economy it is to go to work in.
“People at work today are more of the sense that they’re likely to get a promotion at work than to lose their job at work. People are going to work that have been fired in that same job or by that same company before, people out of jail or out of prison that have a skill set, going to work in ways that they haven’t before.
“And something I haven’t seen before in the mismatch of jobs available and skills that people have, is people willing to hire people now that they believe can be made to be ready for the job. I’m hearing more and more about incumbent workforce training, about going ahead and hiring somebody that’s not ready for that job yet on the basis that you can help that person get ready for that job.
“In our state we’re also talking about ways, in Missouri, to look at how we can get people to work in our state that have already been at work somewhere else. Particularly as it relates to military spouses, we had the first military spouse sworn into the Missouri Bar in January, who went immediately to work as a lawyer, who had been a lawyer in another state, we haven’t done that kind of thing in the past.
“But looking at people who’ve got skills, veterans particularly. If you’ve been driving a truck in the military you ought to be able to get that commercial driver’s license pretty quickly; if you’ve been an electrician, or a medical technician.
“This is an economy where people are looking at ways to get people to work and to honor the skills that they bring with them, as well as help them get the skills they don’t already have. We’re seeing that, people are optimistic about that and they should be.”