Workforce Investment Board.

Mission  - established by WIB 7/99

To pull all resources in the community into a systematic approach to:

  • help employers (current & future) become competitive in a global economy
  • help individuals attain life skills necessary for employment in family sustaining jobs.

Principles of Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 - endorsed by WIB 9/99

  • Customers’ needs (businesses & individuals) drive design of system and services.
  • Universal and convenient access to services and information at a One-Stop location.
  • Customer choice of training programs and services.
  • System performance and success (accountability) will be shared with all customers.
  • Business will provide information, leadership, and play an active role.

Values guiding the system - endorsed by the WIB 9/99

  • Free market system of services and training.
  • Informed customer choice (all performance information shared with customers).
  • System decisions based on performance and data determining Return on Investment (ROI).

Criteria for One-Stop - endorsed by WIB 10/99

  • Connection with economic development and business needs.
  • Maximization of money to direct services (training, skill upgrade, etc.) and not administration.
  • Seamless system inclusive of youth to develop skilled workers.
  • Flexible system that can move on a dime to meet business needs.

Vision for the One-Stop Facilities – endorsed by WIB 9/00 

  • To provide facilities, which add value to One-Stop services, meet customer needs (business & individual) and provide opportunities for synergies for those organizations co-locating in the One-Stop.

Policy Directions – established 9/00

  • During low unemployment:
  • Shift public resources to post-employment.
  • Work first strategies are the priority.
  • Writing, Attitude, Reading, Math (WARM) skills should be taught pre-employment and specific job skills are best trained on the job.
  • The more specific the skill, the more appropriate it is to teach it in the workplace.