WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made the following remarks after touring Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub and holding a roundtable to discuss closing the skills gap:
“I want to thank Siemens for hosting us today here in Charlotte. I’m from Richmond, Virginia, and began an interest in apprenticeship programs and learning more about it by a visit with Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, several of our community colleges, as well as workforce education programs. I have heard about the tremendous success here in Charlotte, in Mecklenburg County, and the state, as well as employers like Siemens and the community college system have had in dealing with this question of a workforce for the 21st century.
“What we saw here today was a terrific example of readying the workforce, of a collaborative effort between public and private sectors in partnership so that we can maintain our competitiveness as a country and continue to elevate the next generation into the jobs of tomorrow. We also are here, coincidentally, with the arrival of a bipartisan agreement in Washington, surrounding a bill that Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has been championing over the last year – the SKILLS Act. The essence of what she has been trying to do, and all of us in Congress are trying to allow for greater flexibility among the different regions of the country so that employers' needs can be met by the workforce education and training programs.”