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Workforce Training and Services: WorkFirst and Workforce Investment Act Title 1-B Report

This report describes short-term and long-term employment- and training-related outcomes and funding of WorkFirst and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 1-B workforce training programs. This report also includes a visual representation of Washington’s full workforce development system.

The state’s workforce development system brings together state and local, public and private, partners and providers to offer an array of services and supports to ensure that individuals and employers can thrive and grow. Workforce development services are available to any and all individuals – youth and adults, employed and unemployed – and employers – small and large, from manufacturers to restaurants, accountants to dentists. Customers determine what services they want and need based upon their unique circumstances. The workforce development system is designed to meet the unique needs of each person and employer by braiding together multiple organizations and funding streams, so that each customer gets what they need, when they need it.

This report starts off with a newly designed infographic depicting these services, and includes the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board’s Washington Workforce Development Services detailed guide in Appendix 1.

  • The first section of this report examines training outcomes for WorkFirst-funded education and training programs by activity. Detailed information is provided for education and training enrollment, completions and employment outcomes. The report analyzed information from the 2012 to 2013 academic year so that employment outcomes would be available.

  • The second section of this report examines Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 1-B program services. This funding stream is mapped from the federal source through the state workforce agency, the Employment Security Department, and on to the local partners. The report analyzed information from program year 2012 (July 2012 through June 2013) so that employment outcomes would be available.

  • The report concludes by highlighting recent developments in the form of 2014 federal legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), that will have significant impact on the state’s workforce development system. WIOA affords us all the opportunity to reexamine programs and delivery systems to build more seamless processes for closing skills gaps and linking workers with employers.

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