AEM supports bill targeting skilled worker shortageAEM has joined 25 other organizations in support of a bill that would help alleviate the shortage of skilled technical workers currently affecting the construction industry.

A letter addressed to leaders of the House of Representatives and delivered on Thursday to all House offices urged swift passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587).

The bill would:

  • Align career and technical education programs to the needs of regional, state and local labor markets
  • Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and post-secondary institutions and employers
  • Increase student participation in work-based learning opportunities
  • Promote the use of industry-recognized credentials and other recognized post-secondary credentials

The letter notes that these improvements would more effectively spend federal dollars to help the nation’s students acquire the skills that they need, and employers in the construction industry are demanding.

For more information, contact Nick Yaksich, AEM senior vice president and head of AEM’s Washington, D.C. office (, tel: 202-898-9064).