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The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023 Approved by Governor Abbott, the strategic plan for the Texas workforce system was developed by the Texas Workforce Investment Council and its system partners over a twelve-month period from September 2014 to September 2015. Texas Government Code, Section 2308.104, charges the Council with developing a single strategic plan for the state’s workforce system. The plan is intended to guide system partners in implementing workforce programs, services, and initiatives designed to achieve the strategies, system objectives, and goals that are outlined in the plan. Summary Infographic
The Gig Economy in the U.S. – This report provides an overview of the U.S. gig economy. As part of the Council’s continuing research on workforce-related issues, the gig economy has been identified as a growing segment of the workforce. The report defines and classifies gig workers, examines the types of activities these workers participate in, and addresses the potential implications that this segment may have on the workforce system. (March 2017)
Policy News Highlights This newsletter contains a quarterly review of selected reports relevant to the policy and research functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council. The summaries provide an overview of current topics, trends, and issues affecting the workforce and the workforce system. (March 2017)
Evaluation 2016 – This report is the first annual evaluation report for The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023. The focal point is a balanced scorecard that presents outcome and 13-year trend data for system performance. Through the delivery of multiple workforce education and training programs, state and local system partners served over 4.6 million individuals in the last reporting year. Of those participating in workforce system programs and services, almost 500,000 individuals completed a degree, certificate, or other measure of educational achievement. Over 1.5 million Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training.
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Texas Workforce System Program Directory This report provides basic information about the workforce education and training programs that form the Texas workforce system. These programs, administered by eight state agencies, prepare Texas' current and future workers for success in the global economy. (December 2016)
Texas Demographics This overview provides information and data on the demographic makeup of Texas’ population and workforce. The paper contains information from the 2014 American Community Survey, conducted by the United States Census Bureau, as well as the most recent projections from the Texas State Data Center. (October 2016)
Veterans in Texas: A Demographic Study – This study provides a demographic overview of veterans for both the U.S. and Texas. A demographic description of the U.S. veteran population is first presented to provide context for the analysis of Texas veterans. The Texas veteran population is then detailed with a focus on disabilities and the characteristics of veteran labor force participants. The veteran population is a valuable resource for Texas employers and the Texas economy. (September 2016) Summary
People with Disabilities: A Texas Profile This report details the demographic characteristics of the population of individuals with disabilities for both the U.S. and Texas. Individuals with disabilities experience numerous challenges associated with participation in the labor force. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is higher than for individuals without disabilities. Individuals with disabilities strengthen the Texas labor market and are a valuable resource for Texas employers. (June 2016) Summary
Defining Middle-Skill Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations in Texas This report presents a process to identify and classify middle-skill STEM occupations. National attention has largely focused on STEM workers with at least a four-year degree, often overlooking and understudying critical middle-skill STEM occupations. In order to address a key objective in the new workforce system strategic plan for Texas, middle-skill occupations identified as STEM by various empirical sources were consolidated to create a comprehensive list of occupations. This report also provides relevant background information, describes classification principles, analyzes selected critical occupations, and details the process for developing a middle-skill STEM occupations list important to the Texas economy.
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2015 Survey of Texas Employers This report addresses concerns expressed by employers about skills and qualifications perceived to be missing in the labor market in Texas. Administered by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M, 2,738 employers responded to the online survey. These responses provide sufficient variation for analysis across employer size, industry, and location. The report provides insight into what types of workers are needed, what skills and qualifications are required, and what types of job openings have proven most difficult to fill in the past 12 months. It also provides insight into perceived deficiencies of workers linked to level of educational/training attainment including credentials such industry-based certifications, licenses, and apprenticeships, as well as the need for students to engage in work-based learning to gain experience required for employment. (December 2015) Summary
Analysis of STEM Occupations by SOC Detailed Occupation Codes and Titles This tool displays an analysis of STEM occupations, as classified by authoritative federal, state, and institutional entities. This analysis of the STEM taxonomies of these major entities illustrates the inconsistencies and differences between various workforce stakeholders in defining related occupations. The definition of what occupations are considered STEM occupations can be of critical importance in examining and valuing many middle-skill occupations. (July 2015)
Tracking Industry-Based Certifications: Promising Practices in Capturing Data on the Workforce Supply of Industry-Certified Workers This report presents national practices for tracking postsecondary data and information for awards other than two- and four-year degrees. Specifically, it focuses on third-party, industry-based certifications. Identified as key credentials for a highly skilled future workforce, industry-based certifications are the focus of a system objective in the new strategic plan of the Texas workforce system. This report details relevant definitions, national efforts, and selected case studies to aid in the achievement of the system objective. (June 2015) Summary
Recent Council Actions
- March 2017 – The Council took action on two items. The first action, as required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2018 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code. The second action approved an update to the Council’s bylaws.
- December 2016 – The Council took action on two items. The first action approved Evaluation 2016: Accomplishments and Outcomes of the Texas Workforce System. The Council is required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.104, to prepare an annual report on the work of the Council and its system partners to implement the workforce system strategic plan. The 2016 report is the first evaluation report for the FY 2016–2023 strategic plan. The second action approved the Alamo Workforce development area request for redesignation for recommendation to the Governor. The requested redesignation would result in McMullen County being moved from the Coastal Bend workforce development area to the Alamo workforce development area. Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(3) and the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Sections 101 and 106, charge the Council with recommending to the Governor the designation or redesignation of workforce development areas for local planning and the delivery of workforce development services.
- September 2016 – Texas Government Code, Section 2001.039, requires a state agency to review rules administered by the agency every four years. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the original justification for the rules continues to exist. Following posting for public comments and a review of the rules pertaining to the designation and redesignation of local workforce development areas, the Council adopted the review of Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 22, Chapter 901, Rule 901.1 and 901.2.
- June 2016 – The Council took action on three items. The Council endorsed the Texas Combined State Plan Modification under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and will recommend the plan modification to the Governor for approval. At the culmination of a year-long research project, the Council considered and approved a project scope for a workforce system initiative on industry-based certifications related to middle-skill STEM occupations. In its last action in the meeting, the national skill standards for manufacturing logistics and manufacturing production were approved.