(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that efficiency and higher productivity in all sectors of the economy are important to the maintenance of the state’s economic health. The Legislative Assembly further finds that a trained, productive and flexible workforce is critical to competitiveness, efficiency and higher productivity. Therefore, the Legislative Assembly declares that it is the policy of the State of Oregon to promote the development and improvement of the work skills and basic literacy skills of employees working in all sectors of the state’s economy.
(2) To implement the policy stated in subsection (1) of this section, the Key Industry Employe Training Program shall be established within the Economic and Community Development Department. Through the program, the department shall:
(a) Provide matching grants through community colleges in partnership with employers for the purpose of providing employees with literacy or customized skills training.
(b) Restrict grant awards to training program proposals submitted by two or more firms in a single business, professional or industry sector, with preference given to programs developed in cooperation with business, professional or industry association.
(c) Require that training programs provide long-term comprehensive skills development.
(d) Award grants only to those proposals that lead to, sustain or create family wage jobs.
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