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The Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board, Inc. (NPWDB, Inc.), established in 1987, is one of seven (7) local Workforce Development Boards in the State of West Virginia. The NPWDB, Inc. has won numerous national and State awards and recognitions for its delivery practices of Job Training Programs and Services. Our Area of Service consists of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties and the cities of Weirton and Wheeling.
NPWDB, Inc. Programs and Services are funded with Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funding.
The WIOA reauthorizes Employment, Training, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. The WIOA improves connections to Employment and Training Opportunities that lead to economic prosperity for workers and their families. It strengthens existing Workforce Development and Adult Education Programs in four (4) ways that can benefit Adults and Youth with Barriers to economic success: 1) Increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers - low income Adults and Youth who have limited skills, lack work experience and face other barriers to economic success; 2) Expands Education and Training options to help participants access good jobs and advance in their careers; 3) Helps disadvantaged and unemployed Adults and Youth earn while they learn through Support Services and effective Employment-Based Activities; and, 4)Aligns planning an accountability policies across Core Programs to support more unified approaches to serving low-income, low-skilled individuals. These positive policy developments create an opportunity to rethink, reshape and expand the local Workforce System, and to improve the Education and Employment opportunities of low-income people.
WIOA encourages an array of Work-Based Training Strategies and Employment Approaches to benefit low income individuals. Work-Based Training gives underprepared Adults and Youth the chance to earn income while also receiving Training and developing essential Skills that are best learned on the job. Strategies also ensure Training is tied to "In Demand" Occupations by engaging Employers and Industry Sectors to define needed Skills. Additionally, individuals with barriers to Employment, including Out-Of-School Youth, often need a comprehensive set of supports that involves multiple public and private systems and partners to help them earn secondary and postsecondary credential and transition in to the labor market. WIOA allows the "One Stop" System to provide these work support activities. Regional American Job Centers (Workforce WV Career Centers) will coordinate with other required Partnering Agencies to provide Services or develop Programs to assist low wage workers in retaining and enhancing Employment.
Some of the principles that will guide the Region's local Workforce System are: 1) Elimination of the Sequence of Services. Participants will not be required to pass through multiple layers of Services before entering into Training. Core and Intensive Services will be combined into a new category called "Career Services." This change with give American Job Center (Workforce WV Career Center) staff the flexibility to provide access to Training based on assessed need; and, 2) More flexible training delivery options to meet the need of low income individuals. Eligible training providers will supply Training for jobs in High-Demand Occupations or Industry Sectors rather than solely relying on Individual Training Accounts (ITAs). This increased flexibility will help to better scale innovative and effective models for obtaining industry-recognized credentials, including integrated Education and Training approaches, Career Pathways, Industry or Sector partnerships and other evidence-based approaches that reflect best practices.
Examples of Core Programs that will be available at Job Centers are: Youth Workforce Investment Activities; Adult and Dislocated Worker Employment and Training Activities; Adult Education and Literacy Activities; Wagner-Peyser Act Employment Services; and, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The NPWDB, Inc., along with its required Partners carrying out Core Programs, will expand access to Employment, Training, Education and Supportive Services for eligible individuals, especially those with barriers to employment. The NPWDB, Inc. will facilitate the development of Career Pathways Services and co-enrollment, as appropriate, in Core Programs and improve access to activities leading to a recognized postsecondary credential.
Other Programs and Services available at American Job Centers target area Employers like: Recruitment Assistance and Referrals; Applicant Screening; Labor Market Employment Information and Statistics; Onsite Interviewing; Employer Tax Incentives; On-The-Job Training/Customized Training; Business Services; and, Incumbent Worker Training.