Springfield… State Representative Travis Weaver (R-Edwards) recently participated in a news conference with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), education officials, and a bipartisan group of legislators to advocate for training to modernize Illinois’ manufacturing workforce.
One of the bills, HB3590, which is sponsored by Rep. Weaver, aims to give students hands-on career development opportunities by providing them the chance to train on manufacturing floors. This would give students the ability to work on machinery, tools, and other equipment that are used every day in manufacturing plants around the state, which is something they are currently unable to do.
“I’m very, very excited to work with the IMA, and other legislators to provide students with ample opportunity to work on actual manufacturing machinery and equipment,” said Weaver. “This could get them excited about a potential career in manufacturing, while also providing them with the training they need to succeed.”
The bill is currently in the Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter Schools Committee for review. More information on HB3590 can be found here, and the IMA press release about the initiative can be found by clicking here.