About OWIB

About the Oregon Workforce Investment Board
The Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) is the overall advisory board to the Governor on workforce matters. Appointed by the Governor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the OWIB is made up of leaders representing private business, labor, community-based organizations, Oregon legislature, local government, and state agencies. The majority of the 34 member board represent business.
 
MISSION
The Oregon Workforce Investment Board advises the Governor on workforce policy and plans, and contributes to the economic success of Oregon by:
§  Aligning state workforce policy and resources with education and economic development;
§  Promoting a proactive, flexible and innovative talent development system; and,
§  Holding the workforce system accountable for results to ensure Oregonians develop the skills they need to sustain rewarding careers and businesses have the talent they need to be competitive.
 
One of the primary duties of the OWIB is to assist the Governor by developing a strategic plan for Oregon's workforce development system. This system provides a wealth of services including job placement and training for youth and adults, employment-related services for veterans, people with disabilities, migrant farm workers, limited English speakers and other Oregonians in need of special assistance. The system also serves employers by providing job listings and qualified applicants, as well as testing, screening, and labor market information.

The Workforce Development System

When we use the term “workforce development system” we are referring to the group of agencies, local workforce development boards and community-based organizations in the State of Oregon that provide workforce services to Oregonian individuals and businesses. Offering a variety of services across these agencies, the workforce system has two primary customers:
1.       Job seekers/working learners, including a) youth and young adults ages 14-24; b) adults transitioning from unemployment, dislocation, or public assistance to employment; and c) current workers
2.       Businesses seeking qualified candidates for job openings and partnering on solutions for economic and workforce challenges.
 
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The workforce system is guided by a set of principles that identify the values that should transcend all work of the system.
 
·         The workforce system customers are both businesses and individuals (job seekers, working learners and youth).
·         Data, including customer input, drives continuous improvement and accountability of the system.
·         The state will support local decision-making to achieve the statewide vision and goals.
·         Strategies are business-led, demand-driven and benefit all customers.
·         Customers need a simple, flexible and streamlined system.
·         System agencies and organizations must be agile and nimble to respond to customer needs.
·         The system promotes equity, including but not limited to addressing the unique needs of families in poverty, communities of color, and rural communities.
·         Collaboration within the workforce system and with other policy areas occurs between state agencies, through sector strategies, and at the local and regional level.
·         Investments and decisions are results driven, not program-driven, to optimize long-term results for clients served, build a strong economy and achieve the state’s goals.
·         The system adopts tools and promising practices from other states or communities rather than creating new ones, whenever appropriate.
·         The workforce system targets investments to high-wage, high-demand occupations in sectors where the opportunities are the greatest.