Goal 1: Align economic, workforce, and education systems to coordinate systems based on skill needs in regions.
The Governor has designated a new set of regional boundaries that roll up existing workforce development areas into a smaller set of regions. The new configuration organizes the 16 Workforce Investment Areas into 7 regions.
MA WIOA Workforce Development Regions
The purpose of the regional planning under the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to use the same regional boundaries between economic development, workforce, education and key partners to identify business demand for skills, create regional strategies, and align existing resources to this process. The goal is to ensure that regional employers, educators, economic development entities, regional planning organizations and workforce training officials are coordinated in a way that creates strong talent pipelines, for both middle-skilled and highly skilled jobs.
A Labor Market Blueprint with strategies will be developed as an end-product to this process. Please see Related Links below for an introduction to the Regional Planning by the WSC, the presentation slide decks at first two Pioneer Valley Regional Planning sessions, and Industry Summary and the current Blueprint Template! The list of Regional Team Members has been added.
The Draft Blueprint is posted at the TOP of the Related Links. WIOA requires that the document now be issued in draft for a 30-day comment period. Comments are due March 2, 2018 (click here for related Memo).
- Draft Blueprint for Comment (PDF)
- Regional Team Members (PDF)
- MA Workforce Skills Cabinet Regional Planning PPT (PDF)
- April 26 PV Meeting - Demand Data (PDF)
- PV Industry Summary (PDF)
- June 15 PV Meeting - Supply Side Data (PDF)
- Blueprint Template (.docx)