Friday, March 18, 2016

5 goals for the commonwealth's workforce development plan

Nancy Dischinat,
Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. 

When it comes to workforce issues, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.(LVWDB) is consistently on-top of national workforce trends, recognized throughout Pennsylvania for our community partnerships and blazing our own trail in the Lehigh Valley region by tackling workforce issues. 

This March, Governor Tom Wolf took two important steps that will improve and strengthen workforce development in Pennsylvania by aligning workforce development efforts with the private sector and strengthening connections between public sector efforts.

His administration has begun the submission process of the Pennsylvania Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) four-year combined state plan to the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). This plan will allow Pennsylvania to coordinate workforce training and funding to ensure Pennsylvania workers of all ages have the skills to compete in the 21st century and employers have a skilled workforce that aligns with emerging needs. The LVWDB and all the workforce boards in Pennsylvania submit their plans to PA as well.

"Since taking office, I have made creating jobs that pay and a government that works key priorities, and today I am taking important steps to strengthen workforce development in Pennsylvania," said Governor Wolf. "This is a starting point for an unprecedented effort in Pennsylvania to transcend fragmented workforce programs, overcome silos, and promote program integration." 1

There are five broad goals for the commonwealth's workforce development plan:
* Establish clear career pathways
* Expand public-private investment in the state's pipeline of workers and incumbent workers.
* Increase opportunities for all youth to participate in work-based learning.
* Engage employers through multi-employer workforce partnerships.
* Strengthen data sharing across state agencies and workforce development partners.

The Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. is working with the private sector through the The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to review objectives and move forward in a strategic direction in accomplishing these goals.

If you would like more information on the LVWDB and how you can get involved, please contact my office at 610-841-1122.

1- Governor Wolf Press Release-March 10,2016

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