Workforce development programs not only help individuals to better their skills and become self-sufficient and support their families, they also support the economy. When businesses find the skilled workforce they need, they can be productive, and employed individuals contribute to the economy by paying taxes and purchasing goods and services.
Local WIBs partner with community organizations to develop innovative ways in which to engage employers and to build the skills of the workforce for jobs that are in demand and pay family-sustaining wages in their communities. Sometimes individuals face difficult obstacles to employment, such as a lack of basic skills, a prison record, substance abuse or other challenges.
One of PWDA’s most important tasks is to make sure the Success Stories of these individuals and innovative programs are told so those not aware of the public workforce development system have a better sense of the value of workforce development programs to society as a whole.