Montana State Workforce Innovation Board


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

  • State Workforce Innovation Board Functions
    • Develop, implement, and modify the WIOA State Plan; 
    • Review statewide WIOA policies and recommend actions to align workforce development programs in the state to support a comprehensive and streamlined workforce and talent development system in Montana; including, the review and provision of comments on State plans for programs and activities of one-stop partners that are not core programs;
    • Development and continuous improvement of Montana's workforce and talent development system;Develop and update the comprehensive performance accountability measures;
    • Identify and disseminate information on best practices;
    • Develop and review statewide policies for the coordinated service delivery through the state's one-stop delivery system;
    • Develop strategies for technological improvements to facilitate access to, and improve the quality of, services and activities provided though one-stop delivery system;
    • Develop 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;
    • Develop and approve allocation formulas for the distribution of funds for employment and training activities for Title I Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker programs;
    • Prepare annual reports;
    • Develop the statewide workforce and labor market information system; and
    • Develop other policies that support statewide objectives.
    • Engage the public workforce and talent development system to respond to business needs for the skilled workers;
    • Encourage alignment among workforce development, post-secondary education, and economic development partners; and
    • Advance workforce development policies by providing recommendation to the Governor and other state leaders who support economic and workforce development efforts in Montana.
    • 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.
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