Our Plan

Our new strategic plan for 2021-2023 focuses on creating an equitable economic recovery by supporting business growth and recovery and economic mobility.

Created with input from business, education, staff, and community, the plan lays out three overarching goals and specific objectives WSW will work to accomplish in the next three years.

MISSION

Lead a regional workforce development system where every individual has access to high-quality employment and every business has access to a highly-skilled workforce

VISION

A region where economic prosperity and growth exists for every person

Values

  • Equity: Promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within processes, and the distribution of resources by institutions or systems
  • Diversity: Collectively interweaving differences and similarities that include, for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, background, preferences and behaviors
  • Inclusion: Building a multicultural workforce climate where every community member can safely share their voice and be heard Innovation: Introducing new ideas, methods or products to make changes
  • Collaboration: Working jointly with our customers, community and colleagues to achieve our shared goals
  • Impact: Positively influencing and affecting our community

Goal 1: Business Recovery and Growth

Businesses have access to hire, develop and invest in the skilled workers they need to recover and grow.

Strategies

  1. Lead the development and expansion of high-quality jobs across our region
  2. Develop a regional pool of diverse, qualified workers, matching them to our business partners’ in-demand hiring needs
  3. Engage business partnerships to inform the workforce system of emerging hiring trends, to address skill and opportunity shortages, and prepare future workers
  4. Invest in and provide support for businesses to develop pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, internships, and other earn-and-learn models

Indicators

  1. Percentage of WSW business partners who adopt one or more quality jobs metrics
  2. Number of employment placements from our regional pre-qualified pool of highly-skilled workers
  3. Number of on-the-job trainings (OJTs), incumbent worker trainings (IWTs), paid and unpaid internships and work experiences, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
  4. Amount invested in on-the-job trainings (OJTs), incumbent worker trainings(IWTs), paid and unpaid internships and work experiences, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships
  5. Number of new businesses, by sector, that WSW engages with and supports

Goal 2: Economic Mobility

Promote equity for every individual by providing access to high-quality employment and advancement opportunities.

Strategies

  1. Develop and implement programs that holistically serve families and communities
  2. Expand virtual career coaching and job training
  3. Expand Next strategy for talent development into rural communities
  4. Develop and sustain population-specific programs
  5. Develop and implement programmatic evaluation strategy

Indicators

  1. Number of Priority Populations as defined by WIOA and WSW receiving workforce services
  2. Percentage of people served who enter post-secondary education
  3. Percentage of people served placed into pre-qualified highly-skilled worker pool for employment
  4. Percentage of families receiving childcare and other supports necessary to return work
  5. Percentage of people served from all programs who advance into high-quality employment
  6. Number of program evaluations completed

Goal 3: Systems Change

An accessible and effective workforce system exists to advance equity for individuals and to promote the community and economic development goals of the region

Strategies

  1. Develop and implement a method to actively involve community-based organizations to provide input, to improve access, and to initiate continuous improvement
  2. Expand effective relationships across organizations and government systems to break down barriers, increase access and improve outcomes
  3. Advocate for investments, policies, strategies and economic development goals that enhance community prosperity
  4. Communicate WSW’s impact, lessons learned, promising practices and labor market information

Indicators

  1. Number of partnerships with organizations and individuals that serve historically underserved populations
  2. Business and job seeker customer satisfaction scores
  3. Number of funder partnerships
  4. Number of new local, state and national policies enacted to support our local workforce development system goals
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