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Planning

The Planning Work Group focuses on:

  • Creating a state plan blueprint
  • Identifying regional planning areas
  • Creating regional and local area planning blueprints
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    Overview
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    Significant Changes in WIOA
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    Key Action Items
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    Discussion Questions
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Overview

An effective, employer-driven workforce development system must have a clear governance structure that ensures key stakeholders have a role in decision-making. The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are critical to the success of the workforce system. Local areas must coordinate their efforts to ensure services are provided in an effective and efficient manner. WIOA Provides New Jersey with the opportunity to strengthen the roles and authority of the State Board and local boards through the design, governance and oversight of the workforce system.

 

Significant Changes in WIOA

  • Calls for states to identify labor market regions and to put in place processes for regional planning and resource sharing between local WIBs
  • Calls or states to certify local workforce areas
  • Sets standards for the composition of local Workforce Boards, requires more than 50 percent of members be from the private sector, requires the State WIB (SETC) to develop criteria for high-performing boards and to develop a process for certification of local workforce boards
  • Requires that local WIBs use a competitive process to select One-Stop Operators
  • Establishes requirement for state and local planning
  • Requires that local WIBs assume new responsibilities including developing career pathways, identifying proven and promising practices and leveraging additional resources

Key Action Items

  • Identification of Regions: Work Group has reviewed initial labor market and economic data to identify labor market regions in New Jersey
  • One-Stop Certification and Designation: Work Group recomnends LWD and the SETC develop a template Request for Proposal (RFP) criteria for One-Stop Operator designation by local boards
  • Implementation Schedule: Work Group established the following schedule for state and regional planning:

          July 2015 - December 2015             SETC, LWD and Partners draft State Plan

          January 2016 - February 2016          Draft State Plan published for public comment

          March 2016                                    State Plan submitted to USDOL for approval

          February 2016 - September 2016     Local Plans and Regional Plans developed

 

Discussion Questions

  1. How can New Jersey best support and encourage regional planning and coordination of services among local WIBs? What are the benefits of regional collaboration among local areas?
  2. What broad criteria should be used by local WIBs in the competitive selection of One-Stop Operators?
  3. What stratgegines can local WIBs use to leverage additional resources? What can the state to do support these efforts?
  4. What can the state do to help build the capacity of local WIBs?