Workforce Development a Top Priority for Small Business in 2021

Date: December 01, 2020

The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, a joint endeavor by the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission, recently sent its latest report to Gov. Greg Abbott. NFIB serves on the Employer Advisory Council, which assists the Tri-agency Workforce. 

The report, titled “Linking Education and Workforce: Spurring Economic Growth Across Texas,” focuses on three statewide priorities:  

  • Supporting efficient and flexible pathways to earning high-value credentials that are linked to high-wage, in-demand jobs.  
  • Ensuring students receive the necessary support to succeed at all stages of their educations and in their transitions to the workforce.  
  • Creating a robust infrastructure for agency collaboration around common goals, data, and processes to ensure improved student outcomes. 

“Finding and keeping skilled employees is one of the top 10 biggest priorities for NFIB members and other Texas employers,” NFIB State Director Annie Spilman said. “These efforts toward workforce development will continue to be a priority for NFIB during the 2021 legislative session.” 

Gov. Abbott established the group in 2016 to assess local economic activity, examine workforce challenges and opportunities, and consider innovative approaches to meeting the state’s workforce goals. The aim is to collaborate and develop strong links between education and industry to help Texas grow in economic prosperity. 

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