Obama seeks to re­struc­ture job-train­ing pro­grams

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to stream­line fed­eral job-search and train­ing pro­grams to make it eas­ier for dis­placed work­ers to find new ca­reers.

The White House says the cur­rent jumble of fed­eral pro­grams is too con­fus­ing for many Amer­i­cans to know where to get help.

The new plan would com­bine two ex­ist­ing pro­grams that help work­ers laid off through no fault of their own as a re­sult of down­siz­ing, jobs mov­ing over­seas or other rea­sons.

It would of­fer money for re­train­ing, stipends to help with child care or trans­porta­tion costs, and money for job search and re­lo­ca­tion.

Most changes would need con­gres­sional ap­proval and about $28 bil­lion over 10 years. The White House says the plan would more than triple the num­ber of work­ers who get re­train­ing from 150,000 to nearly 500,000.

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