JLARC’s Workforce Development Report was released in early December. Below is a summary of the report’s recommendations.
- Require the Board of Workforce Development to annually evaluate the extent to which workforce development programs emphasize training and education opportunities that align with the needs of employers.
- Enhance the authority of the Board of Workforce Development to influence the workforce development policies of state agencies.
- Create a formal advisory council to the Board of Workforce Development, composed of key state and local entities not currently represented.
- Require state agencies to develop standard categories of program spending that can be reported to the Board of Workforce Development.
- Require the Board of Workforce Development to establish standard performance measures for all workforce development programs and ensure that all measures support the state’s highest workforce development priorities.
- Require school divisions and community colleges to include employers on CTE advisory committees and to meet at least every six months.
- Require community colleges to adopt a common curriculum development process that fully incorporates employer input.
- Develop criteria to measure whether new CTE courses proposed by school divisions are aligned with labor market demand.
- Require school divisions’ CTE advisory committees to annually develop recommendations to improve the relevancy of CTE program offerings.
- Designate a single entity in each workforce region to lead workforce development efforts, including the development of a local plan for employer engagement and the formation of a formal region-wide workforce development council.
VACo Contact: Erik Johnston