Who we are

History:
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014 establishing  Workforce Development Boards across the United States and in each of the fifty States and its territories. WDBs are local entities that operate in regional networks to implement the provisions of the WIOA and to improve workforce and economic conditions. They are charged with policy making and oversight of workforce investment and development activities in defined areas known as Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA). The concept and practice is to ensure that the investments are used locally to foster the growth of business and industry in their area, utilizing the indigenous workforce to fulfill their employment needs. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are sixty seven counties (67) and twenty two (22) established Workforce Development Boards.

Locally:
The Bucks County Board of Commissioners appoint the Bucks County Workforce Development Board members, selecting these dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talents to strengthening our local workforce.

Membership Composition:
The BCWDB is comprised of a minimum of 51% private sector (employer/business) members, representatives of local educational entities, labor organizations, community-based organizations, and economic development agencies and PA CareerLink Bucks County Partners and investors.

What we do

The Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Inc. is charged with:

  • Leadership:
    • Identifying and responding to issues that affect the workforce investment and development system in Bucks County and creating policy around those issues that affect Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth constituencies in Bucks County.
  • Strategic Planning:
    • Developing the local strategic workforce development plan.
  • Local Labor Market:
    • Identifying the growth-industries in the local and regional area.
    • Addressing the needs of the emerging workforce through Youth Development activities.
    • Increasing the local economy by creating a highly-skilled incumbent workforce.
    • Identifying eligible providers of Intensive and Training Services to under-employed local residents.

Mission:
The mission of Bucks County Workforce Development Board is to promote, drive, and ensure an effective workforce in Bucks County aligned with economic development.

Vision:
Bucks County has a dynamic, globally competitive workforce that responds to the evolving direction of business and industry.

Values:
The Bucks County Workforce Development Board is dedicated to:

  • Building relationships with organizations and/or individuals to promote our mission,
  • Ongoing assessment of workforce needs in Bucks County,
  • Integrating educational organizations in the workforce development system,
  • Increasing the community’s awareness of our mission,
  • Maintaining financial stability and sustainability,
  • Supporting an effective and efficient staff.

Committees

Committee Chairs welcome participation by non-board members who have particular interest or expertise related to the committee.

The FINANCE Committee
is responsible for the fiduciary oversight of public grants/funding streams including.

The PLANNING Committee
is responsible for the regional and strategic planning of workforce initiatives including targets populations.

The SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE & OPERATIONS Committee
is responsible for the implementation and coordination of workforce investment and development.

The YOUTH COUNCIL
The Bucks County Youth Council responds to the needs of the emerging workforce.

The EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT Committee
works to engage new employers and broaden partnership opportunities.

The CAREER PATHWAYS Committee
is crafting multiple entry pathways for the varied workforce in Bucks County, from recent high school graduates to returning veterans.

Policies

On-the-Job Training Policy   BCWDB On-The Job-Training Policy

Priority of Services Policy BCWDB Priority of Service Policy