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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
This 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
This 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
The 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. (September 2019)
This report provides information about mature labor force participants in Texas, specifically those 55 years and older. The research can be utilized as a primer to understand the significant issues related to mature labor force participants and as a reference for data about this specific segment of the population. (September 2019)
Summary of Mature Workers in Texas
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. (June 2019) Summary of Veterans in Texas
Recent Council Actions
- 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. View a transcript of the meeting here
- 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.
- September 2019 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve the Council work plan for fiscal year 2020. 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. The second action was to recognize eight skill standards for occupations in advanced manufacturing, energy, and healthcare for inclusion in the Texas skill standards system. This action falls under the Council’s charge by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.109, to develop and maintain a statewide system of industry-defined and industry-recognized skill standards for major skilled occupations that provide strong employment and earnings opportunities and require less than a baccalaureate degree.
- June 2019 – As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Texas statute, the Council considered plan modifications for program years 2017-2020 for Texas’ 28 local workforce development boards. The board plans must demonstrate alignment with the goals and objectives of The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016-FY 2023. The Council endorsed and recommended the plan modifications to the Governor for his approval.