Lawmakers Made Crystal Clear a Vital Component for Workforce Development Onward: One-Stop Centers like WorkOne Must Collaborate with Public- & Private-Sector 'Partners'
mong the key areas where the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) broke from its predecessor law involves the substantial role in workforce-development planning and execution afforded to "partners."
|Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act made activities of "partners" vitally important to workforce development activities by one-stop centers like WorkOne Region 2.|
|Partners under WIOA include: ● employers and businesses; ● economic development organizations; ● K-12 and post- secondary education; ● nonprofit social sevice groups; and ● government agencies focused on areas including social services, education, others.|
|"WIOA reinforces the partnerships and strategies necessary for one-stops to provide job seekers and workers with the high-quality career services, education and training they need to get good jobs and stay employed," said U.S. Dept. of Labor.|
|"WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation's workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses," DOL said.|
|WIOA "supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work," added DOL.|
For instance, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) highlighted the role of partners in a March 4, 2016, guidance document on implementing WIOA. "Pre-viously governed by WIA [Workforce Investment Act, rescinded], WIOA improves planning requirements to foster better alignment of federal investments in job training and education, to integrate service delivery across programs, to improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled indi- viduals," DOL said in "Training and employment Gui- dance Letter WIOA No: 14-15; Operating Guidance for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act."
In particular, these reforms promote "a shared under- standing of the workforce needs within each state" as well as fostering "development of more comprehen- sive and integrated approaches, such as career path- ways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers," added the department. In addition, DOL noted that WIOA's emphasis on part- nerships "enables the system to provide a wider range of coordinated and streamlined services to shared customers."
MANDATORY STATE PLANS SHOULD REFLECT NEW, COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES
State plans, as mandated in WIOA, which took effect in July 2015, should reflect strategies that advance key WIOA principles, DOL explained.
INCREASE ACCESS to and opportunities for the employment, education, training and support services that individuals, particularly those with barriers to employment, need to succeed in the labor market.
ALIGN WORKFORCE INVESTMENT, education and economic development systems in support of a comprehensive, accessible, accountable and high-quality workforce development system.
IMPROVE QUALITY and labor market relevance of workforce investment, education and economic development efforts.
PROMOTE IMPROVEMENT in the structure and deliv-
ery of services.
INCREASE THE PROSPERITY of workers and employers, the economic growth of communities, regions and states, and the global competitiveness of the United States.
PROVIDE INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE investment activities, through integrated workforce development systems, that increase employment, retention and earnings of participants and that increase postsecondary credential attainment and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare depend- ency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet skill requirements of employers, and enhance productivity and competitiveness of the nation.
FINALLY, MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS, improve transpar-
ency and support informed consumer choice through perfor-
mance reporting, evaluation and data systems that support
|Partners to WorkOne and other
American Job Centers as Required by
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
|● Career and Technical Education (Perkins).|
|● Community Services Block Grant.|
|● Indian and Native American Programs.|
|● Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Employment and Training Programs.|
|● Job Corps.|
|● Local Veterans' Employment Representatives and
Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program.
|● National Farmworkers Jobs Program.|
|● Senior Community Service Employment Program.|
|● Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).|
|● Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs.|
|● Unemployment Compensation Programs.|
|● Finally, YouthBuild.|
Moreover, WIOA mandates that several partner pro-grams provide access through one-stop centers such as WorkOne Northern Indiana. "WIOA furthers a high quality one-stop center system by continuing to align investments in workforce, education and economic development to regional in-demand jobs. The new law," DOL said, "places greater emphasis on one-
stops achieving results for job seekers, workers and businesses."
As formally breathing new life in widespread collab-orations, "WIOA reinforces the partnerships and strategies necessary for one-stops to provide job seekers and workers with the high-quality career services, education and training they need to get good jobs and stay employed, and to help businesses find skilled workers and access other supports, in-cluding education and training for their current work- force," DOL added in a fact sheet on one-stop career centers and WIOA.
"WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation's workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses," the department noted. "It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work."