About BCWDB

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:
In July, 2020 the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Inc. transitioned into the County of Bucks.  The organization has expanded and has been renamed the Workforce and Economic Development Department of Bucks County (WED).  The Bucks County Board of Commissioners appoint the Workforce and Economic  Development Board members, selecting these dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talents to strengthening our local workforce.

Membership Composition:
The Workforce and Economic Development Board of Directors 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 Workforce and Economic Development Department of Bucks County is charged with:

  • Leadership:
    • Identifying and responding to issues that affect the workforce and economic 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 and economic development plan.
  • Local Labor Market:
    • Identifying the growth-industries in the local and regional area.
    • Addressing 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 residents.
  • One-Stop Delivery System:
    • Chartering and providing continual oversight of the PA CareerLink® Bucks County One-Stop service center.

Mission:
The mission of Workforce and Economic Development Department 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 Workforce and Economic Development Department 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.

The Executive Committee
is responsible for the regional and strategic planning of workforce initiatives .

The One-Stop Operator Committee
is responsible for the operations of the PA CareerLink® Bucks County and the seven partners.

The Youth Council Committee
The Bucks County Youth Council responds to the needs of the emerging workforce engaging the high schools and young adult programs.

Policies

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

Priority of Services Policy BCWDB Priority of Service Policy