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. This bill re-authorizes and modernizes the “Perkins Act”, which was very much needed to help close the “skills gap” that many industries including the electronic security and life safety industry need to address the increasing shortage of qualified people for current and future high-demand, high-skill jobs.
ESA Supports Signing of Career and Technical Education Bill
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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.
Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. Together, ESA member companies employ more than 500,000 industry professionals and serve more than 34 million residential and commercial clients.www.ESAweb.org
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