July 1, 2015 is less than 30 days away! Are you ready for WIOA implementation?
Many local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) will need to restructure their board membership to meet the provisions identified in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This restructuring may require changes in legal documents and downsizing of boards. Local areas have until July 1, 2016 to complete this restructuring.
WIOA requires that local WIBs set priorities for, and oversee, the workforce development system in their region. Further, local WIBs must have a local plan approved by July 2016. This means that WIBs have 1 year to develop a plan that promotes communication, coordination and collaboration among employers, economic development, community-based partners and other service providers who will help support the economic growth of the region, while meeting the needs of employers and jobseekers.
Historically, WIA workforce development services focused on finding jobs for individuals struggling to find employment - the jobseekers. WIOA, on the other hand, focuses on aligning workforce development and economic development services to meet the needs of employers - key customers.
Businesses create jobs, and we must be responsive to their needs. Local WIBs must now develop strategies and put plans in place to meet the needs of local employers.
Specifically, local plans must identify and describe how the local area will:
- Engage employers of all sizes
- Design a system that meets the needs of local employers (both large and small)
- Design a system that provides opportunities for people with barriers
- Better coordinate workforce development programs and economic development efforts
- Develop and implement activities such as incumbent worker training programs, industry partnerships, on-the-job training programs and career pathway programs
- Partner with business intermediaries and design other business services to meet the needs of employers
- Ensure the support of quality jobs
- Create entrepreneurial opportunities for new business growth
- Prepare youth for both current and future jobs
Local WIBs need to start the planning process now for the design of their local plans. If you are interested in gaining more information regarding WIOA, or if you would like help in thinking though your local plan, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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