May 9, 2023 Less than a minute read

Legislation to upskill Missouri workforce headed to Governor’s desk

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauds state lawmakers on the passage of HB 417, legislation that provides an important tool to help build and retain a skilled workforce. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Henderson (R-Bonne Terre) and handled by Sen. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola), passed the House today by a vote of 113-41.

HB 417 creates a short-term upskill credential program. This competitive grant program will reimburse employers who help their employees earn short-term certificates or credentials in vital areas for Missouri’s economy. Examples of short-term credentials that would be eligible for reimbursement through the program include manufacturing technology, cybersecurity, welding, certified nursing assistant and HVAC certification.

The Missouri Chamber has been a strong supporter of this legislation, deeming it critical in supporting Missouri in the global competition for jobs and talent.

“Now, more than ever, Missouri employers need every tool in their toolbox to attract and retain workers,” said Dan Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber. “Missouri’s population growth can’t catch up to match the demand for workers, so we need to focus on upskilling the employees we have today to build our own talent. We applaud Rep. Henderson, Sen. Eslinger and the Missouri General Assembly for recognizing this and making workforce training a top priority.”


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