What is a Workforce Board Anyway?
You might be wondering, what exactly is a Workforce Development Board?
Well, it's a group of leaders handpicked by local elected officials, who are then tasked with important responsibilities when it comes to workforce programs and services in our area.
The South Central Workforce Development Board owes its existence to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. This law envisions a board that's business-driven, and we're proud to say that we've embraced that vision. In addition, SCWDB board membership also includes individuals representing economic development agencies, education, labor, public assistance agencies, and community-based organizations from the 10-county region of South Central Kentucky.
DO YOU HAVE 2 MINUTES TO SPARE? Watch The National Association of Workforce Boards' “What is a workforce development board?” video here! This video is designed to educate members of the public about the integral role workforce development boards play in local communities, and how workforce development boards collaborate with local educational institutions, local businesses and government officials at the local, state and federal level.
To lead the development and implementation of a highly effective workforce development system in the ten counties of South Central Kentucky in collaboration with business, economic development, education and community organizations in the labor market area.
CRAFTING A MASTER PLAN
We create a workforce development plan that aligns all our resources have towards common goals. Think of it as a roadmap for success.
RESEARCHING OUR REGION'S ECONOMY
We roll up our sleeves and continually analyze the economic conditions in our region, helping us make informed decisions.
BRINGING EVERYONE TO THE TABLE
We bring together a diverse group of stakeholders and pool our resources for maximum impact.
CONNECTING WITH EMPLOYERS
BUILDING INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS
We build strong partnerships within various industries, which is key to our region's growth.
CREATING CAREER PATHWAYS
We work on developing clear pathways for careers, helping individuals find the right opportunities.
PROMOTING BEST PRACTICES
We are constantly on the lookout for the best ways to do things and make sure we're using and sharing them.
SELECTING SERVICE PROVIDERS
We carefully select who gets to provide services through the one-stop system.
We're not only responsible for developing the budget for the use of WIOA funding, but also to monitor and audit those programs and partners, making sure they're effective.
So, what's on our to-do list?
By law, here are the key tasks we address:
We create tech-driven strategies to enhance our local workforce development system's efficiency and effectiveness, benefiting employers, workers, and job seekers.
Working alongside the local elected official, we oversee youth workforce programs, employment and training efforts, and the local one-stop service. This encompasses managing WIOA funds effectively to maximize performance outcomes.
NEGOTIATING PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Along with the local elected official and the Governor, we collaborate to negotiate and agree on local performance standards.
Every two years, the Governor certifies one local board for each local area in the state. This certification is based on established criteria taking into account our success in meeting performance goals & maintaining fiscal integrity in workforce investment activities.
We also coordinate educational activities, including adult education and literacy programs. Education is a big part of workforce development.
Engaging a wide range of employers is a big part of our job, ensuring we're addressing the needs of our local businesses.
We conduct an annual assessment of the physical and program accessibility of all local one-stop centers, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
BUDGETING & ADMINISTRATION
CHARTING OUR CONNECTIONS
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Career Development Office
Office of Unemployment Insurance
Kentucky Adult Education
The South Central Workforce Development board is positioning itself to be a key partner in economic development in the thriving South Central Kentucky Region by producing a supply of educated and skilled workers aligned with the needs of current employers and aligned to the region’s economic development goals for attracting new employers. This would not be possible without our partners.
Our Board members are all volunteers--people who want this region’s workforce to be its best. South Central Kentucky is fortunate we have so many passionate people working together, not only to improve the workforce, but to better our region itself.