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Labor Official addresses HR execs on training Hispanics
August 12, 2004
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Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, Emily Stover DeRocco, addressed over 700 human resource and training executives from the hospitality industry this week. DeRocco addressed the importance of providing occupational and language skills training to the Hispanic workforce for careers in growth sectors during the annual Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance conference in the nation's capital.

Hospitality industry leaders -- Presidents, CEO's and Vice Presidents -- were on hand to hear DeRocco's remarks about ongoing efforts at the Department of Labor to meet the employment needs of growing industries under the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative and the Hispanic Worker Initiative.

The Hispanic Worker Initiative and the President's High Growth Job Training Initiative encourage collaboration between employers, educators and the public workforce investment system to target worker training to meet the needs of business and provide workers with the skills to obtain jobs and build successful careers in growing industries.

The Hispanic Worker Initiative is focused on helping Hispanic Americans take advantage of job opportunities in high growth sectors of the economy such as hospitality, health care, service and construction. These growth sectors of the economy offer ample opportunity for employment and career advancement.

The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative is a strategic effort to better prepare workers to take advantage of new job opportunities in high growth sectors of the American economy. Through executive forums with leaders of expanding industries, critical workforce gaps and issues are identified. Solutions are then created in cooperation with employers, educational institutions and the public workforce system.

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