NCSL Podcasts

Building a Strong Workforce OAS Episode 154

Episode Summary

The economy in the U.S. went on a wild ride during the pandemic. Many of the challenges in the workforce became headline news, from dropping labor force participation to the Great Resignation. The guests on this podcast offer two key perspectives on how legislators and states generally can promote workforce development. Sen. Becky Massey (R) is a state legislator from Tennessee who has worked extensively on workforce issues and just recently took on the role of co-chair of NCSL’s Labor and Economic Development Committee. She talks about what her state has done in this area and offers suggestions for legislators in other states who wat to tackle the issue. Eric Seleznow is with the Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning at Jobs for the Future. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. He’s also had other roles in state and federal government focused on workforce development. He discussed how apprenticeships and other efforts can help states bolster their workforce.

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