President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will put a spotlight on job-training programs today as part of a White House push to boost economic opportunities for middle-class Americans, Reuters reported.
Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which the White House said would help "improve business engagement and accountability across federally funded training programs."
Biden, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will unveil a new report that will show the results of a study about how to make federal training programs more successful and better tailored to employers' needs.
"From now on, federal agencies will use specific job-driven criteria to ensure that the $17 billion in federal training funds are used more effectively," a senior White House official told reporters on a conference call on Monday.
The administration plans to work with elected officials and leaders in businesses, unions and academia to replicate training strategies that work well, the White House said.
Among its provisions, the act eliminates 15 ineffective programs and prevents the creation of more bureaucracy or useless, duplicative programs. It supports transitions to postsecondary education, training or employment and requires evaluation and research into adult education activities.
To read a recent Huffington Post opinion piece on the legislation by Avi Yashchin, CEO of vocational education company CleanEdison, click here.