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Workforce and Training

Regional Workforce Councils

The new Regional Workforce Councils will allow all workforce/education resources to align and deliver the required programs that meet the needs identified by business and industry (B&I) and the skills that are lacking in the workforce.  This plan will enhance the state’s effort to close the skills gap. The councils are business-driven and business-led and work with their member counties to develop a regional strategic plan and comprehensive workforce development system that supports local economic and job development activities.

The new Regional Workforce Councils will make decisions regarding the full time directors and staff.  Each Region will receive funding for initiatives through the Department of Commerce via the ETF budget, for Council work.  The Councils may use these funds to pay or partially pay salaries based on their 2017 budget and/or other eligible expenditures related to their Region’s needs.

The primary objective for the new Regions is to provide a direct link to the workforce needs of B&I at the local level.  The RWCs shall be business driven and business led, work with their member counties to develop a regional strategic plan, and follow the newly created comprehensive workforce development system that supports their local economy and job development activities.  All counties must be served with specific focus on rural counties who typically are underserved.  All counties must be represented in the Regional Workforce Councils.

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