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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
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. (March 2023)
This report is the seventh 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 650,000 individuals completed a degree, certificate, or other measure of educational achievement. Additionally, over 850,000 Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training. (December 2022) Summary of Evaluation 2022
As 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)
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. (June 2021) Summary of Mature Workers Study
This 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
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
Recent Council Actions
September 2023 – The Council took three actions. The first action, required by Section 133.004 of the Texas Education Code, was to consider endorsement of the recommendations of the Apprenticeship and Training Advisory Committee (ATAC) regarding the distribution rate of available funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024 to support pre-apprenticeship training programs and to submit the recommendation to the Texas Workforce Commission for implementation. The second action was to approve the Texas workforce system strategic plan for fiscal years 2024–2031, including the Formal and Less Formal measures, and to recommend the plan and the measures to the Governor for action. This action satisfies the Council's responsibilities as required by Texas Government Code (TGC), Section 2308.104. The third action was to approve the Council work plan for FY 2024. 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 TGC.
June 2023 – The Council took three actions. The first action was to consider the two-year modifications of local workforce development board plans for program years 2021-2024. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires local workforce development boards to submit modifications of their local plans at the end of the first two-year period to update information due to changes in the labor market, economic conditions, or other factors. The Council endorsed and recommended the 28 local workforce development board plan modifications to the Governor for action. The second action was to approve the posting of the Texas workforce system strategic plan for fiscal years 2024–2031 in the Texas Register for a 30-day public comment period. This action advances the Council's work to finalize the new workforce system strategic plan. The third action was to approve for recognition the updated Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's skill standards for manufacturing logistics.
March 2023 – The Council took one action. This action, required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2024 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 2024 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 2022 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve the Council’s Evaluation 2022: 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 2022 report is the seventh evaluation report under the eight-year strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023. The second action was to approve the strategic 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.