Texas Workforce System

Mapping the Workforce System

Program Directory CoverThe Texas workforce system is composed of a number of programs, services, and initiatives administered by eight state agencies, the Texas Association of Workforce Boards, local workforce development boards, community and technical colleges, local adult education providers, and independent school districts. By delivering programs that help Texas’ current and future workers secure competitive and sustainable employment, system partners serve a critical role in the development of a world-class workforce that enjoys a higher quality of life through economic, employment, and educational success. The Council publishes and distributes a comprehensive map to help stakeholders understand the system, programs, providers, and funding: The Texas Workforce System Program Directory provides basic information about the workforce education and training programs that form the Texas workforce system. These programs, administered by eight state agencies, prepare Texas’ current and future workers for success in the global economy. (March 2023)

Aligning the Workforce System

Strategic plan coverApproved by Governor Abbott, Accelerating Alignment: Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2024–2031 was created using the systems approach to workforce planning. 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 Texas Government Code, one of the primary responsibilities of the Texas Workforce Investment Council is to develop and recommend to the Governor a single strategic plan for the Texas workforce system that identifies the action, timeline, and responsible partners for each long-term objective. The sixth system plan since the Council’s creation in 1993, this plan was developed with system partners and is focused on the critical long-term objectives that have been identified as crucial to align the system or to reduce gaps and redundancies that limit system performance.  (October 2023) Strategic Plan Summary  Infographic

Evaluating the Workforce System

The Council is also charged in state law with evaluating implementation of the system strategic plan and other aspects of Texas’ workforce system. Since 2004, the Council has published annual system evaluations. Included in the annual evaluation report and associated evaluation briefs are the seven elements that State statutes require that the Council evaluate:

  • Formal and less formal performance measures
  • Implementation of the system strategic plan
  • Adult education alignment activities and achievements
  • Local workforce board activities and alignment
  • Work development programs that focus on welfare to work initiatives
  • Member agency strategic plan alignment
  • Skill Standards System

Evaluation 2022 report coverEvaluation 2023 is the eighth and final annual evaluation report for The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023. The focal point of the annual evaluation 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 4.2 million individuals in the last reporting period. Of those participating in workforce system programs and services, more than 675,000 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. Summary of Evaluation 2023   Archive