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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 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)
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 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
This report is the fifth 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 nearly 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 1.2 million Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training. (December 2020) Summary of Evaluation 2020
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. (December 2020)
This 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)
This 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
Recent Council Actions
March 2021 – The Council took two actions. The first action, required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2022 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 2020 “Industry 4.0” skill standards for manufacturing production developed and endorsed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. Council meeting minutes
The Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee (ATAC) took action to approve the fiscal year 2022 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. ATAC meeting minutes
- December 2020 – The Council took action to approve Evaluation 2020: 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 2020 report is the fifth evaluation report under the eight-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023.
- 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.
- 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.