Policy Offices

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 A Plan ​For Oregon's Future​ 

Governor Kate Brown is launching Future Ready Oregon to provide skill and job training to students and adults, helping to close the gap between the skills that Oregon’s workers have and the skills that Oregon’s growing businesses need.

Prepare our future workforce by making investments in education that uses hands-on learning.
  • Dedicate $300 million to Career Technical Education (CTE) classes in the 2019-2021 state budget
  • Make hands-on learning programs available in every school district in Oregon
  • Ensure every student in Oregon has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning programs

Prepare our current workforce by arming them with the skills they need to help Oregon’s economy grow

  • Next-Gen Apprenticeships
    • Expand registered apprenticeship opportunities to fields like IT, healthcare, advanced wood manufacturing, and high-tech manufacturing

  • Turn wage earners into job creators (House Bill 4144)
    • Helps mid-career construction professionals start their own business, and provides incentive to attract and retain new, young talent into the workforce 
    • ​For four types of construction licenses, directs the Construction Contractors Board and the Building Codes Division to waive all state fees and formal education requirements for aspiring entrepreneurs who have worked in the construction industry for more than eight years.
    • Opens up an existing fund at Business Oregon to these new small businesses, to help with up-front costs like insurance, bonding, and equipment; funds will only be available for businesses in rural Oregon who work on affordable, low-, and moderate-income housing 
    • Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to give grant funding to these new small businesses to recruit, hire, and retain Oregonians new to the construction workforce; funds directly target rural businesses working on specific types of projects. 

  • Increase affordable housing supply in rural Oregon
    • Regional Solutions to work with state agencies and partner with local communities, the business sector, and private developers to address the housing shortage for working families in Oregon

  • Ensure investments by the state are felt equitably across Oregon
    • Business Oregon to focus on rural areas, communities of color, and Oregon’s nine tribes
    • Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Business Oregon to increase collaboration to match high-growth industries with job training programs

  • Ease entry to high growth industries 
    • ​State agencies to align qualifications for entry-level healthcare, homecare, and community health jobs; workers will be able to train for several sectors of the industry at once.