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The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023 (2020 Update)

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 12-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. In mid-2019, at the four-year mark, the Council once again engaged its system partners to update the plan. Summary of Strategic Plan  Infographic


Demographics of the Unemployed in Texas: A Snapshot Before the Pandemic

Cover of Demographics of the Unemployed in Texas: A Snapshot Before the PandemicThis pre-COVID-19 report highlights several content areas related to the unemployed population in the state. The report includes the complete list of alternative measures of unemployment as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with state comparisons; the unemployed in Texas by educational attainment, age, race/ethnicity, and sex demographics; an examination of the prolonged unemployment climate in the state; and key demographic information for unemployed Texans for each local workforce development area. (September 2020)   


Middle-Skill STEM Occupation Index

Cover of Middle-Skill STEM Occupation IndexThis report provides analysis and evaluation of data for the middle-skill science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in Texas. The report organizes available demographic, educational, and occupational data into an index of middle-skill STEM occupations in order to establish benchmarks for this sector of the workforce. (September 2020)  Overview of the Index 


Evaluation 2019

EVALUATION 2019: ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OUTCOMES OF THE TEXAS WORKFORCE SYSTEMThis report is the fourth 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 16-year trend data for system performance. Through the delivery of multiple workforce education and training programs, state and local system partners served more than 4.5 million individuals in the last reporting year. Of those participating in workforce system programs and services, more than 600,000 individuals completed a degree, certificate, or other measure of educational achievement. More than 1.3 million Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training. (December 2019)  Summary of Evaluation 2019 


Understanding the Need for Nurses in Texas: Defining the
Skills Gap

Understanding the Need for Nurses in Texas: Defining the Skills GapThis report provides a demographic overview of the nursing labor force in Texas. The study presents information about nurses in Texas and also discusses the current national nursing shortage. The research can be used to inform long-term planning projects and aid system partners in evaluating programs designed to improve the performance of the workforce system in meeting the needs of employers for a skilled workforce. (December 2019) 
Summary of Understanding the Need for
Nurses in Texas


Recent Council Actions
 

  • September 2020 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve the rule review for designation and redesignation of local workforce development areas, thereby readopting the rules of Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 901.1, and Chapter 901.2, as currently written. The second action was to approve the Council work plan for fiscal year 2021. The work plan organizes the activities of the Council and its staff for the 12-month period from September 1 through August 31 and is based on the responsibilities assigned to the Council by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Chapter 2308 of Texas Government Code. Meeting Minutes 
  • April 2020 – The Council took one action. The action, required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Texas Government Code, was to approve the Texas combined state plan for program years 2020–2023 and recommend the plan to the Governor for his approval.
  • February 2020 – The Council took three actions. The first action, required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2021 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code and to forward the recommendations to the Texas Workforce Commission for implementation. The second action was to approve the update to the Texas workforce system strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023 and recommend the plan to the Governor for his approval, as required by state statute. The third action, required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Texas statute, was to approve the Texas combined state plan for program years 2020–2023 and recommend the plan to the Governor for his approval.
  • December 2019 – The Council took action to approve Evaluation 2019: 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 2019 report is the fourth evaluation report under the strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023.