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Us workforce investment

US Workforce Investment

Ron Painter, Chief Executive

US National Association of Workforce Boards

Natalie Branosky, Chief Executive


Welfare to Work Convention

Birmingham, UK July 2012

National Association of Workforce Boards

Washington, DC

Ron Painter, CEO

[email protected]

The workforce investment act of 1998

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998

  • Enhance National Productivity & Competitiveness

    • Increasing Occupational Skill Levels

    • Improving Quality of Workforce

  • Improve the Lives of Workers by:

    • Increasing Employment, Retention and Earning of Participants

  • Delivery of Services via One Stop Career Centers

  • Continuous Improvement in systems & results

  • Customer Choice


What s a wib

What’s a WIB?

America’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are governing bodies that anticipate & answer the needs of local labour markets. They develop LM intelligence, oversee the local One Stop system, and procure the delivery of services in partnership with the Federal and State governments.

Board membership must be 51% from private sector business industry, and includes One Stop operators and local departments of welfare, education, health and labour.

Most WIBs include FE colleges, unions, economic developers, school systems, chambers of commerce, universities & service providers. 

History skill building not new in us

History: skill building not new in US


A long way which way

A long way...which way?

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The big prize

The BIG Prize

Available for 2013 Occupancy

* Asking price – subject to change - $1B+

The president s ratings

The President’s Ratings

The congress s rating

The Congress’s Rating

The empathy deficit

The Empathy Deficit?

Voting behaviour 18 29 yr olds

Voting Behaviour 18-29 yr olds

Some perspective on the us

Some Perspective on the US

  • is NOT the Prime Minister

  • is NOT the Parliament

  • is NOT the Parliament

Workforce legislative issues

Workforce Legislative Issues

  • Downsizing government’s role in the workforce development system

  • System governance, devolution, and local control

  • Program consolidation, outcomes and levels of training

Nawb believes that the workforce development system should be

NAWB believes that the workforce development system should be:

  • Governed by effective business-led workforce investment boards (WIBs) that make data-driven decisions.

  • Focused on the market needs of its business & job seeker customers.

  • Administered and managed in close proximity to customers with local operations.

  • Marked by private sector continuous improvement processes that achieve innovation and growth.

  • Funded sufficiently to address the most pressing labor market issues with broad-based solutions.

  • Measured via outcomes that are relevant to both customers and investors/taxpayers.

More voices in the debate

More voices in the debate

  • The National Skills Coalition: every US worker should have a certificate or vocation degree

  • US Chamber of Commerce: seamless, flexible, non-duplicative system so employers can participate in meaningful ways

  • National League of Cities: increase the involvement of local elected officials in programme planning, implementation, and direct negotiation on performance standards

Savings effectiveness

Savings & Effectiveness

  • ROI: Required to report on the cost of programme activities in local markets, relative to the effect on the ‘performance of participants’ (job outcomes, wage gains, educational attainment)

  • Policy shift: Accountable to both US Sec of Labor & US Sec of Education: effectiveness of employment & training programmes for the employer.

What to watch

What to Watch

  • Workforce Investment Boards / large-scale strategies:

    --Arlington/Alexandria (Virginia), public sector

    --Boston (Massachusetts), private One Stop Centers

  • Green Jobs: G-tech (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

  • Young People: YouthBuild

  • Child Poverty & Life Chances: Harlem Children’s Zone & Promise Neighborhoods

  • Transitional Employment: DC Central Kitchen & Transitional Jobs Network

  • Economic & social inclusion, employment rate targets: City of Bryan, Texas & Project Unity

Uk us happenings

UK – US Happenings

  • Study visit to the UK: Child Poverty in the Liverpool City Region & Islington, London

  • Congressional evidence on Universal Credit

  • The first economic & social inclusion plan: Bryan, Texas

  • Our session on job creation by nonprofits & social enterprise at 5:30pm, Sonata Room, Hyatt Regency

  • International Day at NAWB Forum 2013

  • Our PublicCo series on building UK-US partnerships

Any questions

Any questions?

Ron Painter

Chief Executive

US National Association of Workforce Boards

[email protected]

Natalie Branosky

Chief Executive


[email protected]

[email protected]

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