Workforce Development Council

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized March 31, 2016 under Executive Order 2016-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).

The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort.

The Council's responsibilities to the Governor include:

  • Develop a comprehensive workforce development and workforce training strategic plan for the State;
  • Recommend the vision, goals and objectives of the state's workforce development system;
  • Recommend tactics to address current and future economic development and workforce innovation and opportunity needs of the state;
  • Develop a uniform set of objectives and establish benchmarks for quality improvement measures to track the effectiveness of the state's workforce development system;
  • Identify and develop opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between education, employment, and training program deliverers and supporting workforce development activities in the state;
  • Recommend priorities for use of federal and state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and funds;
  • Develop policy guidance and exercise oversight of the state's job training plan and associated activities.
  • Develop strategies for technological improvements to facility access to, and improve the quality of, services and activities through the one-stop delivery system.
  • Develop strategies to align technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures.

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