The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) was enacted in July 2014 to: Strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States and to promote individual and national economic growth.
Local Workforce Development Boards are charged with the implementation of the WIOA principles, policy making, and governance of the workforce delivery system. In Bucks County PA, the Workforce and Economic Development Department (WED) works to ensure that the Bucks County economy is strengthened and advanced through its workforce.
The WED stewards and invests the public workforce dollars by relying on effective strategic planning, incorporating four dynamic factors:
Economic Indicators: Reviewing the current unemployment rate compared to relative time frames and areas, analyzing the established companies/industries and the projected job growth.
Workforce Indicators: Current statistics from the PA CareerLink® Bucks County, the one stop center where employers and job seekers are mutually matched according to skills and experience.
Demographic & Education Indicators: Contextual information about the Bucks County workforce, those who are already actively engaged in it, those seeking reengagement, and our pipeline of potential workers.
The Workforce and Economic Development Department is a branch of Bucks County government.