In 2014, Ohio worked with local providers and workforce stakeholders and voluntarily submitted a single, unified plan to the federal government for four separate workforce programs; Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE), Senior Community Service Employment Program and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins). For the first time, these programs became aligned under one unified strategy, helping to better connect businesses with qualified workers.
We are pleased to build upon the success of the first unified plan as Ohio works to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Under WIOA, all states are required to submit a combined workforce plan by March 2016. The plan is required to align several of the state’s largest workforce programs, including those currently a part of Ohio’s unified state plan, as well as additional partners such as Wagner-Peyser—which funds a variety of employment services—and the state’s vocational rehabilitation partner—Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.
With these programs, in addition to others, Ohio’s combined workforce plan will improve outcomes for students, adults and employers by better coordinating local workforce administrators, caseworkers and K-12 educators. The combined plan will:
- Help more Ohioans compete for quality jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage and lead to career advancement;
- Remove barriers to education and employment for individuals
- Help Ohio employers find the talent they need to succeed and grow; and
- Provide effective and efficient job training aligned to in-demand occupations and employer needs resulting in workplace-valued credentials.
Having developed a unified state workforce plan in 2014, Ohio is uniquely positioned to be a nationwide leader in this effort. To view the 2014 State Unified Plan and fact sheet, click here.
To view a list of the programs included in the 2016 State Combined Plan, click here.
To view the 2015 fact sheet, click here.