The statewide workforce investment system is comprised of 49 Local Workforce Investment Areas (Local Area), each with its own business-led Local Workforce Investment Board (Local Board). These Local Boards work in concert with their local Chief Elected Official to oversee the delivery of workforce services relevant to their local residents and businesses. Critical to their charge is their oversight of the local One-Stop Career Centers which are the hub of the statewide service delivery vehicle for workforce/education/business services. Workforce funds allocated to Local Boards support the job training, placement, and business services delivered though the One-Stop Career Centers. These Centers, through partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies, education and economic development organizations provide access to job, skill development and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of their communities.
Each Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB) has its own charter, organization, and unique context. What they all share, however, is a set of central roles. Each LWIB provides oversight for the Workforce Investment Act program, acts as a catalyst to provide seamless services among various workforce programs, and provides community leadership around workforce issues.
As community leader, there are five ways that LWIBs can carry out their role, which are the focus of this toolkit. The list is intended to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive - each LWIB in California will find that it incorporates most of these roles in varying degrees in all aspects of their work.
CONVENER - Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on community workforce issues
WORKFORCE ANALYST - Developing, disseminating and understanding current labor market and economic information and trends
BROKER - Bring together systems to solve common problems, or broker new relationships with businesses and workers
COMMUNITY VOICE - Advocating for the importance of workforce policy, providing perspective about the need for skilled workers
CAPACITY BUILDER - Enhancing the region's ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers