Mission: Workforce Snohomish invests government and private funding to continuously increase the global competitiveness and prosperity of our businesses and workforce, to fill current and emerging jobs, and to provide full employment.
Our investments are made through effective business, labor, educational, community-based, and service provider organizations for the opportunity, economic well-being, and benefit of our entire community.
Workforce Snohomish was initiated by County Executive Bob Drewel in response to the passage of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The majority membership on the Council is comprised of local business community representatives.
What is Workforce Snohomish?
Workforce Snohomish is a governing group, representing a broad cross section of the local community, interested in workforce development issues. Workforce Snohomish oversees the implementation, local planning and management of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Snohomish County.
What is Workforce Investment Act (WIA), subsequently Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
This is a law, enacted and passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 brought about the consolidation of 70 different federal employment and training programs into a single, universal "Workforce Development System". Employment and Training programs previously administered by Private Industry Councils and the Employment Security Department for youth, adults, and dislocated workers could now be funded through one emerging "one-stop" system. This new "one-stop" system would be designed and overseen by local, business-led "Workforce Development Council".
In 2014 Congress enacted WIOA which modernized and streamlined the Workforce Investment Act. This nearly $3 billion program funds state and local workforce initiatives and provides a comprehensive menu of job training services for adults and youth.
What are the duties of Workforce Snohomish?
In addition to assuming the legal and fiscal duties previously held by the Snohomish County Private Industry Council, the Board will be charged with:
What are the WorkSource Centers and Affiliate Sites?
The WorkSource Centers and Affiliate Sites have replaced the Employment Security Department Job Service Centers and provide points of access for all services provided to both job seekers and employers throughout Snohomish County. They will provide the physical infrastructure for a system of service delivery by consolidating access to a wide variety of employment and training services and creating a "one-stop shopping" environment.
The WorkSource Centers and Affiliate sites will use a networked database listing both jobs and employment and training services. They will be staffed with a variety of partnering entities, including State and Community-Based Organizations that will offer a wide array of resources to both business and job seekers.
Currently there are five WorkSource Centers in Snohomish County: WorkSource Everett, WorkSource Mountlake Terrace, WorkSource Monroe, Youth Center and Serve Center. The Employment Resource Center is an affiliate center. Workforce Snohomish sets standards for these Centers and affiliates, selects the agencies that operate them and establishes monitoring procedures to ensure that they meet customer needs.
Who will compose Workforce Snohomish?
51% of the local Board is comprised of representatives of the local business community. Also represented are labor, education, community based organizations, economic development agencies, State government agencies and other organizations as determined appropriate by the County Executive and the Council.
How will the Board be organized?
Workforce Snohomish will be supported by a staff. This staff will consist of a President and an appropriate number of staff positions to support the work of the Council. Staffing levels will be determined by Workforce Snohomish.
Since this will be a relatively large Board, much of the actual work of the Council will be done by a series of smaller sub-committees. Each sub-committee will be developed by the Council and supported by Council staff.
Sub-committees currently operating include:
How much time will the Board members need to commit each month?
Board members will be expected to attend monthly Board meetings. These meetings are generally scheduled for the first two hours of the work day. Each Board member will also be expected to serve on a sub-committee. These meetings are usually monthly but may meet more frequently depending on the urgency of the specific task or matter at hand. There will be briefing materials which Board members will be required to review and be familiar with for participation in committee discussions. Board members may request information from the staff in preparation for meetings or other Board related activities or to familiarize themselves with any aspect of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation or the overall workforce development system.
Equal Opportunity: Workforce Snohomish and WorkSource Washington are committed to providing equal opportunity in accordance with the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provision of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. For more information in English click here, in Spanish (Español) click here.
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