Workforce Action Team
- Growing shortage of skilled workers for major regional industry sectors
- Thousands of unemployed and underemployed people, including long-term unemployed
- Growing competition from other states and countries
- Fragmented and under-resourced approach to workforce development
- Prospect of comprehensive immigration reform will result in increased demand for workforce-development services
- Prepare people for in-demand and/or high-growth jobs in major industry sectors
- Prioritize workforce-training resources to support major regional industry sectors
- Create partnerships between local workforce-investment boards (WIBs), community colleges, economic-development organizations, businesses, and labor
Action Team Co-Leads
Goals for the Year
Progress update - September 1, 2015
Priority actions identified in Summit Plan to Advance Prosperity in 2014:
• Ensure state funds are spent on career-technical education and workforce development to prepare workers for high-demand fields (including STEM), while also advancing a 'shared investment' approach.
• Increase state support for regional sector partnerships to prepare workforce for high-demand fields (including STEM).
Targeted state funding: Money allocated, guidelines adopted, incentives created that include Summit's focus on helping community colleges support needs of regional economies. Executive or legislative action to adopt 'shared investment' approach that provides incentive funding for CTE aligned with regional workforce demand.
Partnerships launched: Launch and/or strengthen at least six partnerships in 2014.
1. Expand Regional Sector Partnerships to Meet High-Priority Workforce Needs
A. Prioritize regional and local workforce development funding to prepare people for high-growth jobs and careers in major sectors of California's regional economies.
B. Expand the use of regionally specific ""sector partnerships"" across the State as the preferred approach for focusing workforce-development funding on high-priority jobs and careers.
• Adopt specific policies and make targeted investments in education and training that prepare people for high-priority jobs and careers in major sectors of California's regional economies.
• Launch new and expand existing regional sector partnerships across the State.
• Establish written ""sector compacts"" for every partnership, with public and private sector partners committing to specific investments and other actions. Sector compacts should not only define commitments of regional partners, but also those of state agency partners, ""braiding"" multiple funding streams.
• Regional sector partnerships: Six regions committed to launching regional sector partnerships to prepare their workforce for high-demand fields. 18 individuals committed to documenting and sharing regional promising practices that showcase effective sector collaborations.
2. Increase State Support for Regional Sector Partnerships
A. Coordinate state systems to jointly support the expansion of regional sector partnerships across California. Coordinate and expand current support for sector partnerships among the community college, workforce investment, K-12, and university systems, as well as the Employment Training Panel, GO-Biz, and others.
B. Remove state-level barriers to the expansion of regional sector partnerships. State agencies and systems should review their policies and processes to identify and remove any disincentives to the expansion of regional sector partnerships across California.
• Provide a focal point for coordinating agency investments in sector partnerships, collecting and promoting promising practices and helpful tools, facilitating peer-to-peer exchange and mutual support, and providing training and coaching on how to convene and maintain effective sector partnerships. This joint effort would be coordinated through the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) State Working Group, involving leaders in several state systems and agencies.
• Qualify community colleges on the Employment Training Provider list so they can become natural workforce training providers in the public workforce system.
• Publish wage data mapped to community college, CSU, and UC programs to increase transparency for consumers (and their families) and partners.
• State/regional coordination: Over a dozen individuals made commitments to recruit business leaders, local elected officials, and community organizations to help implement the Workforce Action Plan.