RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap

Jan 21, 2014

The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “Rhode to Work” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and senate leaders roll out legislation to close Rhode Island's skills gap.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.

Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere of Westerly was among those praising the initiative. “The steps outlined in the Rhode to Work action plan provide a practical way to better prepare the Rhode Island work force for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Algiere. “And it is not another study, but this is a plan of action.”

Paiva Weed defended the lack of a previous job-skills plan by saying the Senate has already made some good efforts.

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