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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 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. Summary of Strategic Plan  Infographic


People with Disabilities: A Texas Profile

People with Disabilities: A Texas Profile March 2019 UpdateThis 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. (March 2019)  


Evaluation 2018

Evaluation 2018 report thumbnail imageThis report is the third 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 15-year trend data for system performance. Through the delivery of multiple workforce education and training programs, state and local system partners served nearly 4.5 million individuals in the last reporting year. Of those participating in workforce system programs and services, over 556,000 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. (December 2018)  Summary of Evaluation 2018


Understanding the Need for Adult Education in Texas

Understanding the Need for Adult Education in Texas report thumbnailThis report is an update to Identifying the Current and Future Population in Need of Adult Education published in March 2010. Between April 2018 and September 2018, the Council worked with the Office of the State Demographer to conduct analyses of the current population in need of adult education services, a detailed estimate of the future need for services based on growth projections for the Texas population, and the geographic dispersion of need in Texas by local workforce development areas. (December 2018)Summary of Understanding the Need for Adult Education  


Industry-Based Certifications for Middle-Skill STEM Occupations in Texas 

Industry-Based Certifications for Middle-Skill STEM Occupations in TexasThis report presents the results of the Council’s first system initiative to identify third-party, industry-based certifications that are of value to Texas employers and that can positively affect employment outcomes in middle-skill STEM occupations. The list of certifications contained in this report can be used as a resource to help workforce system partners achieve objectives related to increasing certification outcomes for education and training participants. (November 2018)


A Guide to Apprenticeship in Texas

A Guide to Apprenticeship in TexasThis report provides an overview of registered apprenticeship in the state and explains how apprenticeship programs can be used to close the skills gap in Texas. The alignment of middle-skill STEM occupations with apprenticeable occupations demonstrates that apprenticeship is a strong workforce strategy to meet the middle-skill need in the Texas labor market. (June 2018)


Veterans Workforce Services in Texas

Veterans Workforce Services In TexasThis report examines the services available to help veterans and those who are transitioning from military life to civilian life find employment, complete postsecondary education, and obtain a relevant license or certification to compete in the job market. The report highlights relevant legislation, funding, and statewide initiatives. (June 2018)


Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas PrimerThis report provides information about the vocational rehabilitation program in Texas, focusing on vocational rehabilitation services authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The report presents information about the vocational rehabilitation program structure in Texas, funding, program delivery, relevant legislation, and program participants. (June 2018)


Apprenticeship Brochures

Registered Apprenticeship for Students in TexasThe Texas Workforce Investment Council, through its Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee, produces an apprenticeship brochure for students (left), employers, and local education agencies to increase awareness of registered apprenticeship in Texas. The brochures identify specific highlights and outcomes of registered apprenticeship training programs and reiterate that registered apprenticeship programs are critical in building a labor force of highly skilled workers for Texas. (June 2018)


Recent Council Actions

  • March 2019 – As required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), the Council approved the fiscal year 2020 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code. The recommendations were forwarded to the Texas Workforce Commission for implementation.  
  • December 2018 – The Council took action to approve Evaluation 2018: 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 2018 report is the third evaluation report under the strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023.
  • September 2018 – The Council took action to approve its work plan for fiscal year 2019. The work plan organizes the activities of the Council and its staff for the 12-month period from September 1 through August 31. It is based on the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Council by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Chapter 2308 of Texas Government Code.
  • June 2018 – The Council took action to endorse modifications to the Texas Combined State Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and to recommend the plan to the Governor for his approval.