ARKANSAS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years. Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers nationwide to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them.
In addition to state partners and programs, each local area has additional Workforce Center partners. Check with your local center for a complete list of partner organizations in your area.
STATE AND LOCAL BOARD INFORMATION
WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of federal investment in skill development:
- employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers and youth and Wagner Peyser employment services administered by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services; and
- adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education division; Arkansas Rehabilitation Services; and the Department of Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind.
The Arkansas Workforce Development Board is appointed by the governor and serves as a convener of state, regional and local workforce system partners to enhance the capacity and performance of the workforce development system; align and improve employment, training and education programs; and, through these efforts promote economic growth. As a strategic convener, the Arkansas Workforce Development Board promotes partnerships and engages key stakeholders.
Through the leadership of the Arkansas Workforce Development Board, the state can ensure that the workforce development system in Arkansas is customer driven, for both job seekers and employers. This effort includes aligning federal investments in job training, integrating service delivery across programs and ensuring that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals.