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Recent Council Publications


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


Research to Support Workforce System Strategic Planning

Apprenticeship Brochure report cover for StudentsAs part of the strategic planning process, Council staff reviewed selected sources related to emerging issues identified by members and partner agencies. To inform the development of the next workforce system strategic plan for Texas, this compendium includes summaries of research on current workforce issues and research relevant to the Council. Each summary includes the source, date, and a link to the original source document. (September 2022)


Apprenticeship Brochures

Apprenticeship Brochure report cover for StudentsThe 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. (February 2022)


Evaluation 2021

Evaluation 2021 report coverThis report is the sixth 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 trend data for system performance. Through the delivery of multiple workforce education and training programs, state and local system partners served more than 4.1 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. Nearly one million Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training. (December 2021) Summary of Evaluation 2021


Mature Workers in Texas: A Demographic Study

Mature Workers report coverThis 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. (June 2021) Summary of Mature Workers Study


Texas Allied Health Labor Force Analysis

Texas Allied Health report coverThis report provides demographic and occupation-related benchmarks of allied health occupations in the United States and Texas. The report includes analysis of population trends, demographic characteristics, and labor market and education data for the allied health labor force. (June 2021) 
Summary of Allied Health Labor Force Analysis


COVID-19 Labor Market Update

COVID-19 Labor Market Update report coverThis research report examines COVID-19’s effect on the Texas workforce. The report lays out a series of data sets by which the pandemic’s impact on Texas jobs can be viewed. The statistics are compiled from three labor market resources and are used to calculate unemployment levels, industry employment, and job posting patterns by Texas region. The data sets in this report also demonstrate the Texas labor market’s initial reaction to the pandemic, both statewide and at the local level. (April 2021) 


Veterans in Texas: A Demographic Study

Veterans in Texas report coverThis 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 the characteristics of veteran labor force participants. The veteran population is a valuable resource for Texas employers and the Texas economy. (March 2021) Summary of Veterans in Texas


 

Recent Council Actions
 

  • September 2022 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve the Council work plan for fiscal year 2023. 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 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 approve the vision statement, mission statement, and the preliminary plan architecture for the workforce system strategic plan. This action advances the Council’s work on the development of the Texas workforce system strategic plan for fiscal years 2024-2031.

  • June 2022 – The Council considered the two-year modification of the Texas Combined State Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (program years 2020-2023). The Council endorsed and recommended the plan modification to the Governor for his approval. 

  • March 2022 – The Council took one action. This action, required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2023 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 Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee took action to approve the fiscal year 2023 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code and to forward the recommendations to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for consideration. 

  • December 2021 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve Evaluation 2021: 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 implementation of the workforce system strategic plan, including an analysis of system performance based on the formal and less formal performance measures approved by the Governor. The 2021 report is the sixth evaluation report under the eight-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023. The second action was to recognize software development skill standards for inclusion in the Texas skill standards system as required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.109.