Plan for Oregon's Workforce Development System
Under the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are required to submit a single,
coordinated plan for all core programs under the law. To assist the Governor in
the development of the state plan, the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB)
has developed a four year Strategic Plan to
create the road map for the workforce
system to capitalize on its strengths, identify and address obstacles, and
promote continuous improvement of services through actionable recommendations
The Strategic Plan, adopted on September 18, 2015, identifies four key
goals critical to successfully achieving the OWIB’s stated vision.
Goal 1: Create a customer-centric workforce
system that is easy to access, highly effective, and simple to understand.
Goal 2: Provide business and industry customized
workforce solutions to prepare and deliver qualified and viable candidates and
advance current workers.
Goal 3: Invest in Oregonians to build
in-demand skills, match training and job seekers to opportunities, and
accelerate career momentum.
Goal 4: Create and develop talent by
providing young people with information and experiences that engage their
interests, spur further career development, and connect to Oregon employers.
Strategic Planning Process
The OWIB chose a planning process that was highly interactive and focused
on input from a variety of stakeholders across the state to ensure buy-in and
ownership from those who will share responsibility for implementing the plan’s
recommendations. Focus groups and interviews were held in June to gather
feedback from various stakeholders. Planning subcommittees composed of OWIB
members, system partners and subject matter experts met from June through
August. After the first draft of the subcommittees’ goals and strategies was
created, community forums were held in each of Oregon’s nine local workforce
areas to react to the draft and provide further input on the direction of the
Appendix B of the Strategic Plan summarizes the feedback gathered and input
received during the strategic planning process.
Even though goals and strategies have been identified, the planning process
is not complete. The OWIB will organize strategic planning subcommittees to
define the next section of this strategic plan – the section that addresses,
“Now what do we do about it?”
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WIOA was passed in 2014 and replaces the Workforce Investment Act. The goal
of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-
sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and
enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. To learn more about
WIOA implementation, please visit WorkforceInnovation and Opportunity Act - Oregon.
Workforce and Talent Development Board Planning Forecast