About the Oregon Workforce
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
The Oregon Workforce Investment
Board advises the Governor on workforce policy and plans, and contributes to
the economic success of Oregon by:
state workforce policy and resources with education and economic development;
a proactive, flexible and innovative talent development system; and,
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.
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:
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
Businesses seeking qualified candidates for job
openings and partnering on solutions for economic and workforce challenges.
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
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
The workforce system targets investments to
high-wage, high-demand occupations in sectors where the opportunities are the