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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


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


Evaluation 2020

Evaluation 2020 report coverThis 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


Apprenticeship Brochures

Registered Apprenticeship for Students in Texas brochure coverThe 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)


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 


Recent Council Actions
 

  • June 2021 – As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Texas Government Code, the Council considered the 28 local workforce development board plans for program years 2021-2024. The board plans must demonstrate alignment with the WIOA state plan, as well as the goals and objectives of The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016-FY 2023. The Council endorsed and recommended the plans to the Governor for his approval. Council Meeting Minutes

  • 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. 

    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. 

  • 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.