Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 1.djvu/217

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PUBLIC LAW 103-227—MAR. 31, 1994 108 STAT. 191 (3) the provisions of section 438(c) of the General Education Provision Act shall apply to organizations awarded grants under this title. SEC. 408. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. 20 USC 5918. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 1995 through 1998 to carry out this title. TITLE V—NATIONAL SKILL STANDARDS gXiSof BOARD 1993 SEC. 501. SHORT TITLE. 20 USC 5931. This title may be cited as the "National Skill Standards Act of 1994". SEC. 502. PURPOSE. 20 USC 5932. It is the purpose of this title to establish a National Skill Standards Board to serve as a catalyst in stimulating the development and adoption of a voluntary national system of skill standards and of assessment and certification of attainment of skill standards— (1) that will serve as a cornerstone of the national strategy to enhance workforce skills; (2) that will result in increased productivity, economic growth, and American economic competitiveness; and (3) that can be used, consistent with civil rights laws— (A) by the Nation, to ensure the development of a high skills, high quality, high performance workforce, including the most skillea frontline workforce in the world; (B) by industries, as a vehicle for informing training providers and prospective employees of skills necessary for employment; (C) by employers, to assist in evaluating the skill levels of prospective employees and to assist in the training of current employees; (D) by labor organizations, to enhance the employment security of workers by providing portable credentials and skills; (E) by workers, to— (i) obtain certifications of their skills to protect against dislocation; \ (ii) pursue career advancement; and (iii) enhance their ability to reenter the workforce; (F) by students and entry level workers, to determine the skill levels and competencies needed to be obtained in order to compete effectively for high wage jobs; (G) by training providers and educators, to determine appropriate training services to offer; (H) by government, to evaluate whether publicly funded training assists participants to meet skill standards where such standards exist and thereby protect the integrity of public expenditures; (I) to facilitate the transition to high performance work organizations;