Los Angeles Basin Regional and Local Workforce Development Plans Completed

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Background on the Regional Workforce Development Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and the State of California Workforce Development Board mandates regional workforce planning by local workforce development boards. In the case of Los Angeles County, the State has designated the Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit for the purpose of regional workforce development planning. This unit covers the whole county and is represented by the seven local Workforce Development Boards entirely within Los Angeles County (City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Pacific Gateway (Long Beach), South Bay, Verdugo, Foothill and Southeast Los Angeles County), contains eighty-eight cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.

These boards operate 38 America’s Job Centers of California career centers (co-branded as WorkSource Centers in Los Angeles) and nearly 40 youth employment centers and portals for youth and young adults.

Public Input was Extensive

To develop the Regional Workforce Development Plan, the local WDBs initiated a process that included: review of existing reports and analyses; individual meetings with key stakeholders; and, to gain a wide range of input, a series of 19 regional planning forums (held during November, December 2016), where hundreds of stakeholders from business, education, economic development and other disciplines shared thoughts on strategies and priorities for the workforce system. After the initial development, the draft plan was open for public comment during the month of February 2017 and was also presented at the local WDB meetings.

March 15, 2017, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 4-Year Regional Planning Unit Plan and Related Local Plans, Program Years 2017-2020 was submitted to the State Workforce Development Board.

The Regional Workforce Development Plan is built upon four pillars:
  1. it is demand-driven by employers, reflecting the needs of priority business sectors;
  2. it ensures inclusiveness and accessibility, enabling all individuals to train for and obtain a quality job;
  3. it seeks alignment across disciplines, including workforce services, education (adult education and community colleges) and economic development to improve effectiveness; and
  4. it uses regional sector pathway programs as a central strategy to build a skilled and competitive workforce – matching job training to growth sectors

Moving Forward – What are Next Action Steps?

The seven local WDBs have established a series of goals for the regional workforce system. Goals fall into two categories: technical goals and strategic goals. Technical goals relate to the technical requirements of regional coordination, while strategic goals help chart a course for improving the overall effectiveness of the system within the region.

Examples of technical goals are: engagement of industry leaders from priority sectors in identifying skill needs, reviewing training content, determining the value of credentials and recommending programs to address job-seeker skill needs; adopting a regional definition of “industry-valued” to support credential efforts; and developing guidelines for defining “quality jobs.”

Strategic goals include: developing a framework for determining the scalability and replication potential of career pathway programs; adopting a regional protocol for incumbent worker training; developing a framework for supporting workers engaged in the “gig economy”; and more. Work toward accomplishing these goals will be a principal focus of the region over the next two years.

In addition, each of the seven local WDBs drafted a local plan (as mandated) for its specific workforce development activities. These local plans align with the regional plan and are attached as part of the overall plan.

State Workforce Development Board Approval is Pending

The State Workforce Development Board is currently reviewing the Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 4-Year Regional Planning Unit Plan and Related Local Plans, Program Years 2017-2020.

In May 2017, the State Board will notify the local WDBs of approval or conditional approval of the local plans. In June 2017, the State Board will notify all WDBs of approval or conditional approval of the regional plan. If revisions are necessary, the local WDBs will modify the plan.

All regional plans will be finalized and formally approved by local elected officials and the State Board by September 1, 2017.


View the Complete Plan and the Local Plans

Los Angeles Basin Regional Planning Unit - Regional Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board WIOA Local Workforce Plan 2017-2020

Los Angeles County WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

Southeast Los Angeles County WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

Pacific Gateway (Long Beach) WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

Verdugo WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

Foothill WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020

South Bay WDB Local Workforce Development Plan 2017-2020 - Coming Soon!