The Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board (BCWDB), administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Workforce Investment Area XIII.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaces the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The goal of WIOA is to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment of participants, and, as a result improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.
Title I of WIOA provide programs with three funding streams for provision of services for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth. The Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, manages these programs in Workforce Investment Area XIII.
The most important aspect of WIOA is its focus on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and provide training, education, and employment needs of individuals. Key components of WIOA will enable customers to easily access the information and services they need through the One Stop systems; empower adults to obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts (ITA); and ensure that all State and local programs meet customer needs.
The new system is based on the “One Stop” concept where information about and access to a wide array of job training, education, and employment services is available for customers at a single location. Participants are able to easily
- receive a preliminary assessment of their skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and support service needs;
- obtain information on a full array of employment-related services, including information about local education and training service providers;
- receive help filing claims for unemployment insurance and evaluating eligibility for job training and education programs or student financial aid;
- obtain job search and placement assistance, and receive career counseling; and
- access up-to-date labor market information that identifies job vacancies, skills necessary for in-demand jobs, and provide information about local, regional and national employment trends.
Employers also have a single point of contact to provide information about current and future skills needed by their workers and to list job openings. They will benefit from a single system for finding job-ready skilled workers who meet their needs.
The Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, was formed by sixteen jurisdictions (Accomack, Caroline, Essex, Fredericksburg City, King George, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Workforce Development Board administers the federally funded employment & training programs which serve adults and youth from low income family (economically disadvantaged) and other eligible workers who have lost their jobs. The Workforce Development Area supports public/private partnerships involving local government, business and industry, labor, education and training institutions, employment services, and community support organizations.
Members on the Workforce Development Board are appointed by local elected officials to guide and oversee employment and training programs. Membership includes representation from business, education, organized labor, rehabilitation services, community based organizations, Economic Development Authorities, and public employment services.
The Youth Council is appointed by the Workforce Development Board to guide and oversee the youth programs.
The staff of the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board, is comprised of well trained workforce development professionals. It is their task to implement the policies and programs that the Board authorizes.
For more information please call 804-333-4048.