Solon proposes national skills training program for unemployed, ex-inmates

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide 200 hours of free skills training for everyone, including displaced workers and those who were formerly imprisoned.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed House Bill No. 7671 or “The 21st Century Skills Act”.

Under the proposed measure, a National Skills Development Program will be established to “provide universal access to annual training programs.” It will focus on job training for emerging or resilient industries.

“This will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century,” it says.

The bill states that Filipinos above 15 years old are entitled to a Skills Development Account (SDA). Aside from

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Cornerstone Report on Skills Development Reveals Significant Confidence Gap Between Businesses and Their People


3 “Strong Buy” Healthcare Stocks With Major Catalysts Approaching

Reflecting the ultimate risk and reward, healthcare stocks are capable of delivering big returns at what feels like the drop of a hat, but investors need to be prepared for big risk, too.Unlike companies in other sectors, the survival of many healthcare players, especially when they are in the early stages, hinges on only clinical trials of their therapies or products in development and regulatory rulings, with updates on either front acting as catalysts that can send shares in either direction.So, any piece of good news can propel shares to sky-high levels. Disappointing outcomes, however, can send investors running for the hills.Given the inherently volatile nature of the space, due diligence is necessary before making investment decisions. That’s where the Wall Street pros can lend a hand, as they know the ins and outs of the industry.Bearing this in mind,

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Economic development group looks to help laid-off Siemens employees

Lee County economic development officials said they have help available for the 130 Siemens employees about to lose their jobs over the next 60 days.

“We will be helping them with resume building as well as career counseling to see what kind of job skills they currently have,” project coordinator Dana Millard said.

Millard said if you’re looking to upskill, they can help with that, too.

“Whether that be going through SCC or other education or going directly into another position similar to what they’re doing now,” she said.

Millard said multiple companies across the region have reached out to them to let them know there are hiring.

“We have several companies that are currently hiring some companies are actually in expansion mode in Lee County,” she said. “We’ve also had a couple of companies reach out from Des Moines county and the surrounding areas that say they want these

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Stark County workforce development plan gets state funding – News – The Repository

State funds will help the Greater Stark County Urban League fund a program to guide low-income, underemployed workers to better positions.

CANTON Several local agencies, led by the Greater Stark County Urban League, will partner in a workforce development program aimed at addressing poverty and unemployment.

The Urban League will receive a $389,000 grant, spread over the next two years, to hire three “employment navigators,” who will recruit job candidates and monitor their progress. Candidates will receive assistance in different areas to help them be successful employees.

Kim Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Diane Robinson, Urban League president and chief executive officer, led a host of local and state officials who announced the program during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

“This is a case management program that we believe in and we know it works,” Hall said.


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Counties up skills in policy drafting for cooperative sector

Narok Governor Tunai (PHOTO: Courtesy)

NAIROBI, KENYA: Five counties have an upper hand in drafting better policies for cooperative sector growth.

This follows the completion of a capacity-building programme which targeted County Executive Committee Members (CECM), Chief Officers, County Cooperative Commissioners as well as County Cooperative Directors and Officers drawn from County Governments of Narok, Kiambu, Nandi, Homa Bay, and Nyeri.

At the Strathmore Business School (SBS), 55 trainees successfully graduated with a certificate in Public Policy Making Process (PPMP).

The programme was designed and delivered by Global Communities’ USAID-funded CLEAR Program in collaboration with Strathmore University Business School.

The training, which ended on September 14, was officially opened by Governor Tunai from the County Government of Narok on September 1.

While delivering his remarks, Governor Tunai thanked Global Communities for providing support for his team in their ongoing process of developing draft policies for the cooperative sector. He

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Post from Community: MATC hosts Sept. 16 registration event for GED, HSED, Basic Skills and English as a Second Language Programs at Walker’s Square

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To help connect students with adult basic skills, GED, HSED and English as a Second Language courses, Milwaukee Area Technical College is hosting another in-person registration event at the college’s Education Center at Walker’s Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Students can register for English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Skills (math and writing courses), GED (General Education Development) or HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) programs.

The Education Center at Walker’s Square is located at 816 W. National Ave., Milwaukee.

English-language classes are available at all campuses; Spanish-language opportunities are available at Walker’s Square.

Strong health and safety protocols are in place. Temperatures will be taken at the door. A mask that

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Navy Sharpening Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills in Black Widow Exercise

An MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter, attached to Helicopter Marine Strike Squadron (HSM) 46, prepares to lower a dipping sonar transducer during anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) on Sept. 12, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy is expanding how it coordinates anti-submarine warfare missions in an exercise the service began in the Atlantic last week, as Russia continues to have a more active presence in waters off the U.S. coast.
Now that the Navy’s recently reactivated U.S. 2nd Fleet is fully operational, the service is using the command structure that organization allows to sharpen its anti-submarine warfare skillset this week in Exercise Black Widow 2020 in the North Atlantic.

The exercise, which began last week, will concentrate on undersea warfare drills to practice potential combat scenarios and work on communications, the Navy said.

While Navy officials declined to comment on whether they’ve encountered any Russian

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Several Capital Region organizations receive Workforce Development awards

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in New York. Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that projects 40,000 people in intensive care. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Over 60 businesses, schools, and community-based organizations across the state were awarded nearly $9 million as part of New York’s Workforce Development Initiative.

“These awards will provide thousands of workers with the training and skills they need to Build Back Better,” Cuomo said.

The grants

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NY dedicates $9 million in federal funding to workforce development

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State has distributed $9 million to state agencies as part of its Workforce Development Initiative, to support training at schools and other organizations.

In the Mohawk Valley, funding was awarded to Mountain Valley Hospice, Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and Valley Health Services.

“Our historic Workforce Development Initiative is helping to meet businesses’ short-term needs, improve regional talent pipelines, and address long-term job training needs of growing industries,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “Job training is critical now more than ever to help provide thousands of New Yorkers with the skills they need to Build Back Better and seek new jobs and opportunities in the post-pandemic future.”

The grants are federally funded and will support job training at 66 businesses across the state for more than 3,600 people.

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Peacemaking needs interdisciplinary skill in light of Gospel, pope says

ROME — With so much conflict, violence and war, the world needs people who are specially prepared to bring Gospel values to social, political and economic situations, Pope Francis said.

Multidisciplinary research and study for building up a body of knowledge on peace would be the basis for “forming truly valuable peace workers, ready to get involved” in the many different facets of today’s society, he said in a preface to a new book published by the Vatican publishing house.

The book, published in Italian, is titled For Knowledge of Peace. Edited by Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, vice president of Rome’s Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences, it is a compilation of reflections written by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, Cardinal Renato Martino, the retired president of the former Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and others.

According to Vatican News, which published

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