North Dakota has one mandated statewide workforce investment board known as the Workforce Development Council, and a statewide Youth Development Council.
These Councils are provided for through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and are partnerships of private sector employers and the state workforce system. Each Council has its own charter and organization but share central roles to address underemployment, skills gaps, and economic change in North Dakota through workforce investment activities.
The North Dakota Workforce Development Council governance consists of Bylaws, State Strategic Plan, and Policies.
The North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).
The North Dakota Youth Development Council is a permanent standing committee of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council. The Youth Development Council is organized under section 117(h) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The Governor appoints all Youth Development Council members.