Washington, September 25
The US will invest $150 million in training for middle-to-high-skilled H-1B occupations in key sectors, including in information technology which employs tens of thousands of Indian professionals.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
According to the Department of Labour, prominent among these sectors are information technology, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, transportation, wherein the H-1B one workforce grant programme would be used to upskill the present workforce and train a new generation of workers to grow the future workforce.
The Covid pandemic has not only caused disruptions in the labour market, but also forced many education and training providers and employers to rethink how to deliver training, the department said in a statement.
In this grant programme, the department’s Employment and Training Administration has set out to streamline funding and resources to encourage a more integrated workforce system that will push the applicants to provide an innovative mix of training strategies, leveraging innovative modes of training delivery, including online, distance and other technology-enabled learning. The training models will include a broad range of classroom and on-the-job training, customised training, incumbent worker training, registered apprenticeship programmes and industry-recognised apprenticeship programmes. — PTI
- Under the programme, the Employment and Training Administration has set out to streamline funding and resources to encourage a more integrated workforce system.
- The training models will include a broad range of classroom and on-the-job training, customised training and incumbent worker training.
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