Supporting a Skilled Workforce -- Building a Sustainable Community
The mission of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Marin County is to be responsible for policy making and implementation of the workforce development system administered through the Marin Employment Connection, a one-stop facility for service delivery in Marin, in order to support economic expansion and develop the talent of the workforce. The WIB envisions a sustainable balance between the employment needs of job seekers and the business needs of employers for skilled workers (to ensure a self sufficient, diverse workforce in Marin).
The WIB was created in response to the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. A 35-member Board comprised of private employers, educators, labor representatives, public sector managers and non-profit agencies provides direction and oversees WIB efforts in Marin County through the following avenues:
- Oversight – of Workforce Investment Act funds that support the
programs and services provided through Marin Employment Connection;
- Convener - Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on community workforce issues;
- Workforce Analyst - Developing, disseminating and understanding current labor market and economic information and trends;
- Broker - Bringing together systems to solve common problems, or brokering new relationships with businesses and workers;
- Community Voice - Advocating for the importance of workforce policy, providing perspective about the need for skilled workers;
- Capacity Builder - Enhancing the region's ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers.
The WIB Board has developed key goals to enact the mission of supporting Marin County employers and job seekers. These goals include the following:
- To create strong public-private workforce partnerships that promote economic opportunity, improve high-demand skills and sustain economic growth;
- To expand the utilization of workforce development resources by Marin employers;
- To provide employers with specific tools and strategies that address changing workforce needs.
Areas of focus for the WIB of Marin County include:
- Enabling employers to respond to the ever-changing Marin County workforce, such as succession planning, baby boomer and generation X and Y employees, increases in the Latino population or labor surpluses and shortages;
- Preparing the workforce for high-demand occupations in areas such as health care, business services, and “green” industries and construction;
- Piloting programs in customer service, certified nursing assistance (CNA) and solar photovoltaic installation.
The Workforce Investment Board of Marin County accomplishes its mission and goals through community partnerships with public and private organizations throughout the County. Many of these initiatives are carried out through the Marin Employment Connection (MEC).
More About WIA
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) is a federal which created a national workforce preparation and employment system. This law mandates a system designed to meet the needs of the nation’s businesses, job seekers and those who want to further their careers. WIA requires that programs are designed and managed at the local level, relying on local agencies and businesses to determine needs and deliver appropriate programs. The Workforce Investment Board of Marin is the local body responsible for enacting WIA programs within Marin County.