Irving, Texas — The Electronic Security Association announced its support for the signing of H.R. 2353, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” by President Trump.
The bill re-authorizes and modernizes the “Perkins Act,” aimed at closing the “skills gap” that many industries, including the electronic security and life safety industry, need to address the qualified workforce shortage.
The electronic security and life safety industry is undergoing a rapid transformation in technology and an increase in demand for integration of security, life safety and home automation. The market will continue to expand and the need for qualified technicians, sales, monitoring and administrative support personnel grows every day.
ESA supports all efforts that help to recruit and fill open positions in the industry, including this recent passage of H.R. 2353 and signed by the president on July 31, 2018.
“It is important that we can offer greater access to training and skills for high-demand, high-skills jobs that remain unfilled in the electronic security industry,” says Chris Mosley, ESA president.”
The number of unfilled jobs in the industry is significant. This bill will help students interested in alternatives to a traditional college education, those changing careers, and those transitioning from the military.
Funding for the bill will be provided through the next six years and will thereby provide the steady source of revenue needed for many programs to thrive and achieve desired goals.