SWIB Overview

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Purpose – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title 1 (Subtitles A and B)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 establishes that the purpose of subtitle A and B of title I, to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce development systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.

Montana’s Stated Purposes

  • Create policy recommendations for the Governor related to the establishment and maintenance of an efficient, integrated, statewide workforce development system to train the maximum number of unemployed and underemployed Montanans as possible;
  • To lead the strategic planning process for an integrated workforce development system, in consultation with Community Management Teams;
  • To create performance standards which identify effective workforce development initiatives;
  • To coordinate the state’s workforce investment initiatives with the state’s economic development plan;
  • Promote a system of workforce development that responds to the lifelong learning needs of Montana’s workforce;
  • Encourage public/private partnerships and facilitate innovations in workforce development policy and practices; and
  • Ensure a quality workforce system by evaluating results and supporting high standards and continuous improvement.

Montana’s State Workforce Innovation Board Mission Statement

Advise the Governor on statewide workforce development strategies that maximize the state’s education, training, and employment resources in support of economic development.

Board Goals

  • Engage the workforce system in anticipating and responding to business’ current and emerging needs for the skilled workers
  • Encourage alignment among workforce development, post-secondary education, and economic development
  • Advance workforce development policies by providing recommendation to the Governor and other state leaders who support economic development efforts in Montana

State Workforce Innovation Board Functions

  • Development, implementation, and modification of the State plan.
  • Review of statewide policies, of statewide programs, and of recommendations on actions that should be taken by the State to align workforce development programs in the State in a manner that supports a comprehensive and streamlined workforce development system in the State, including the review and provision of comments on the State plans, if any, for programs and activities of one-stop partners that are not core programs
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the State
  • The Development and updating of comprehensive State performance accountability measures
  • The identification and dissemination of information on best practices
  • The development and review of statewide policies affecting and coordinated provision of services through the State's one-stop delivery system.
  • The development of strategies for technological improvements to facilitate access to, and improve the quality of, services and activities provided though one-stop delivery systems.
  • The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures.
  • The development of allocation formulas for the distribution of funds for employment and training activities for adults, as well as youth workforce investment activities.
  • Preparation of annual reports.
  • The development of the statewide workforce and labor market information system.
  • The development of such other policies as may promote statewide objectives.

The Board also functions as a local board, in doing so it shall:

  • Develop a local plan and submit to the Governor.
  • Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analysis.
  • Convene local workforce development system stakeholders to assist in the development of the local plan under section 108 and in identifying non-Federal expertise and resources to leverage support for workforce development activities. The local board, including standing committees, may engage such stakeholders in carrying out the functions described in this subsection.
  • Lead efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and with entities in the region that meet specific requirements.
  • With representatives of secondary and postsecondary education programs, shall lead efforts in the local area to develop and implement career pathways within the local area by aligning the employment, training, education, and supportive services that are needed by adults and youth, particularly individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Lead efforts in local areas to identify, disseminate, and promote proven and promising practices and initiatives that meet employers and job seeker needs.
  • Develop strategies for using technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce development system for employers, and workers and jobseekers.
  • Provide oversight of programs.
  • Conduct the identification and selection of one-stop, youth services, career services and training providers.
  • Coordinate with education Providers
  • The local board shall develop a budget for the activities of the local board in the local area, consistent with the local plan and the duties of the local board.
  • Annually assess the physical and programmatic accessibility and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, of all one-stop centers in the local area.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Provides statewide programmatic oversight
  • Acts as fiscal agent and administrative entity for the State Workforce Innovation Board (SWIB).
  • Administrative functions include fiscal tracking, participant data tracking, reporting to the U.S. Department of Labor, monitoring the Workforce Innovation Board and local service providers for compliance and quality issues, providing training and technical assistance to the system, and policy interpretation and development
  • On behalf of the SWIB, the Bureau contracts with local providers who then provide services to adults, youth, and dislocated workers

SWIB Director/Staff

  • Manage Big Picture (Federal, State, and Local)
  • Facilitate and support the administration of the SWIB and its functions
  • Consult with business, educational institutions, and related entities to facilitate workforce development opportunities, disseminate information regarding program efforts, and to build support and cooperation for program initiatives
  • Provide research and analysis of new education and training solutions for the development and continuous improvement of statewide workforce development activities
  • Facilitate Presentations and Provide reports
  • Facilitate strategic partnerships
  • Coordinate publicity, marketing, and advertising

Board Chair

  • Responsible for leading the Board in its work
  • The Chair is responsible for building relationships and coalitions that result in the development of the system envisioned by the Board for the Workforce Investment Area and the region(s)
  • Convene system partners to address statewide and regional workforce issues
  • Provides Board meeting oversight
  • May assist with successor preparation and training

Board Member

  • Represents the WIOA Board in relation to the federal employment and training program known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Guides the workforce development system and the programs available to business and job seekers in the regions of the State
  • Ensures the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business and industry
  • Oversees expenditures of Federal WIOA employment and training funds
  • Provide a forum and vehicle for the business community to give direction and guidance to the Workforce System
  • Market and promote workforce services to business interest and the community
  • Identify workforce issues and commission studies and projects to solve them
  • Monitor and direct continuous improvement of the Workforce Development System
  • Collaborate with and support economic development activities in the State
  • Provide recommendations for actions to address workforce issues
  • Additional workforce support and activities as directed by the Governor
  • Provide needed feedback to local Workforce area stakeholders