Skilled workers for Oregon businesses - Good jobs for all Oregonians
Even in good times, not enough Oregonians have the right skills for the jobs companies have. This hurts our economy, our families and our businesses.
Oregon's workforce partners fill the gaps between people and jobs. We are a network of educators, employment specialists, businesses and community organizations that connect nearly 300,000 Oregonians with new skills and jobs every year through WorkSource services. Each partner has a unique role. We respond from every angle to address the state's workforce challenges - from training the next generation of skilled workers to helping businesses find the right people for the right jobs. Everything we do fuels a thriving Oregon economy that generates opportunity for all Oregonians.
The Oregon Workforce Investment Board
The Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) is the overall advisory board to the Governor on workforce matters. The OWIB is made up of leaders representing private sector businesses, labor, state, local governments and government agencies. A majority of the nearly 40 members represent the private sector. One of the chief duties of the OWIB is to assist the Governor by developing a five-year strategic plan for Oregon's comprehensive workforce system.
This system provides a wealth of services including job placement and training for youth and adults, employment-related services for veterans, people with disabilities, migrant farm workers, limited English speakers and other Oregonians in need of special assistance. The system also serves employers by providing job listing and qualified applicants, as well as testing, screening and labor market information.
The OWIB does not operate programs, but rather serves as the advisory board for the Governor on workforce matters and to support the development of Oregon's workforce system. Oregon's workforce system includes the following programs:
Workforce Investment Act Title IB
Workforce Investment Act Title II - Adult Education and Literacy
Workforce Investment Act Title III - Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser
Workforce Investment Act Title IV - Vocational Rehabilitation
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Food Stamp Employment and Training
Carl Perkins Vocational Education
Older Americans Act Title V
Oregon's Community Colleges
Oregon University, and
Other programs to support the education, training and jobs of individuals and the workforce needs of businesses.