Building the Next Generation WorkforceLisa Nisenfeld, Executive DirectorSouthwest Washington Workforce Development Council
Patrick Baldoz, Executive DirectorSouth Central Washington Workforce Development Council
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO BUILD A WORKFORCE
Workforce Councils in Washington State
Purpose of CouncilsWORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT - SEC. 106. PURPOSE. The purpose of this subtitle is to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce investment systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.
In plain words increase local workers skills assist workers in gaining and retaining employment help workers become self sufficient and reduce dependency on the public system; andimprove the local workforce to address business employment needs to assist businesses to stay competitive.
Council Make upLocal Councils are required to be a business-led community board (a majority must come from private business)
Public Partners Labor Education: K-12 and post secondary The public employment system Community-based organizations Rehabilitation Economic development The public welfare system
Council ResponsibilitiesDevelop strategic and operations plans for local areasSet workforce policy for the local areaOversee training programs for youth, adult and dislocated workersOversee the local WorkSource system
WorkSourceWorkSource is a franchise, not a single organization.Partners include State Employment Security Department, WDCs and their contractors, DVR, community college(s), DSHS and others.Partner roles differ by area, but all are overseen by the WDC.Services provided to both job seekers and employers.
Employer Services Worker recruitment, screening and assessmentReferral of qualified candidatesOn-the-job training subsidiesTraining resourcesGrant funded special projectsLabor market data and analysisCAVEAT: No training services allowed for 120 days after a business relocation from outside the area
Importance of a Workforce Economic Development PartnershipWorkforce system can provide a wide range of tools for economic development staff.Workforce Development is the third leg of the economic development stool.More bang for the public buckWhy is it important to your local community
How to Develop an Effective RelationshipCommon ground: What will help your business grow?Economic and workforce development (staff or board members) serve on each others boardsParticipate in common initiatives Coordinated planningJoint projectsJoint staffing
Examples of PartnershipsLean Manufacturing for incumbent workersCluster assessment (Angelou Economics)SWWDC joint staffing with CREDC and CEDCIntertwined strategic planning, industry targetingPub Talk
More ExamplesIndustry engagement teamBusiness outreach partnership (business expansion)Opportunity fundResource developmentState LMEA augmented by local intelligence
Joint advocacyIncumbent worker training/strategic planningAbility to influence how local workforce programs and services are carried outAbility to affect local and state policy on programs and resourcesChange or create training programs to meet industry needs