Workforce board presents plan to County Board

WashCo_logoThe Washington County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) presented new ideas to improve its services as part of the board’s 2013-2016 strategic plan at the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

WIB Chairman Tim Swanson said the strategic plan was created after 19 WIB members completed surveys about their participation in the board. The survey’s key finding was that new board members need to be engaged in board business faster. Also, the survey expressed the need for meaningful metrics and measurements and attention to the work skills gap.

Based on that information, three new committees were created for the next few years. The Board Member Engagement Project (BMEP) will be in use for one year and strives to improve WIB’s accountability, bylaws, meetings, committees and onboarding. Onboarding refers to mentorship and training new board members so they can benefit from when they first start working for WIB.

The Community Engagement Project (CEP) will be executed in one to two years with a goal of including more businesses in WIB services through marketing, accountability, education and partnerships.

The Skills Match Initiative (SMI) runs for two to three yearsand attempts to improve placements with businesses and recognize the differences between big and small businesses.

All the WIB projects will run through 2016.