Article 1. California Workforce Development Board of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 7. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 1.

The California Workforce Development Board is the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California's workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce.
The board shall report, through its executive director, to the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
The board shall be appointed by the Governor to assist in the development of the State Plan and to carry out other functions, as described in Section 14103. The board shall be comprised of the Governor and representatives from the following categories:
  (a) Two members of each house of the Legislature, appointed by the appropriate presiding officer of each house.
  (b) A majority of board members shall be representatives of business who:
  (1) Are owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority, who, in addition, may be members of a local board described in Section 3122(b)(2)(A)(i) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (2) Represent businesses, including small businesses, or organizations representing businesses that include high-quality, work-relevant training and development in in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the state.
  (3) Are appointed from a group of individuals nominated by state business organizations and business trade associations.
  (c) (1) Not less than 20 percent of board members shall be representatives of the workforce within the state, including representatives of labor organizations nominated by state labor federations, who shall not be less than 15 percent of the board membership and who shall include at least one representative that is a member of a labor organization or a training director, from a joint labor-management apprenticeship program, or if no such joint program exists in the state, such a representative of an apprenticeship program in the state.
  (2) Representatives appointed pursuant to this subdivision may include:
  (A) Representatives of community-based organizations that have demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training, or education needs of individuals with barriers to employment, including organizations that serve veterans or that provide or support competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.
  (B) Representatives of organizations that have demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training, or education needs of eligible youth, including representatives of organizations that serve out-of-school youth.
  (d) The balance of board members:
  (1) Shall include representatives of government that are lead state officials with primary responsibility for the core programs and shall include chief elected officials, collectively representing cities, counties, and cities and counties where appropriate.
  (2) May include other representatives and officials as the Governor may designate, like any of the following:
  (A) State agency officials from agencies that are one-stop partners, not specified in paragraph (1), including additional one-stop partners whose programs are covered by the State Plan, if any.
  (B) State agency officials responsible for economic development or juvenile justice programs in the state.
  (C) Individuals who represent an Indian tribe or tribal organization, as those terms are defined in Section 3221(b) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (D) State agency officials responsible for education programs in the state, including chief executive officers of community colleges and other institutions of higher education.
  (e) Other requirements of board membership shall include:
  (1) The Governor shall select a chairperson for the board from among the representatives described in subdivision (b).
  (2) The members of the board shall represent diverse geographic areas of the state, including urban, rural, and suburban areas.
The board shall assist the Governor in the following:
  (a) Promoting the development of a well-educated and highly skilled 21st century workforce.
  (b) Developing, implementing, and modifying the State Plan. The State Plan shall serve as the comprehensive framework and coordinated plan for the aligned investment of all federal and state workforce training and employment services funding streams and programs. To the extent feasible and when appropriate, the state plan should reinforce and work with adult education and career technical education efforts that are responsive to labor market trends.
  (c) The review of statewide policies, of statewide programs, and of recommendations on actions that should be taken by the state to align workforce, education, training, and employment funding programs in the state in a manner that supports a comprehensive and streamlined workforce development system in the state, including the review and provision of comments on the State Plan, if any, for programs and activities of one-stop partners that are not core programs.
  (d) Developing and continuously improving the statewide workforce investment system, including:
  (1) The identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  (2) The development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment, and including individuals with disabilities, with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment. To the extent permissible under state and federal laws, these policies and strategies should support linkages between kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and community college educational systems in order to help secure educational and career advancement. These policies and strategies may be implemented using a sector strategies framework and should ultimately lead to placement in a job providing economic security or job placement in an entry-level job that has a well-articulated career pathway or career ladder to a job providing economic security.
  (3) The development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system.
  (4) The development and expansion of strategies for meeting the needs of employers, workers, and jobseekers, particularly through industry or sector partnerships related to in-demand industry sectors and occupations, including policies targeting resources to competitive and emerging industry sectors and industry clusters that provide economic security and are either high-growth sectors or critical to California's economy, or both. These industry sectors and clusters shall have significant economic impacts on the state and its regional and workforce development needs and have documented career opportunities.
  (5) Recommending adult and dislocated worker training policies and investments that offer a variety of career opportunities while upgrading the skills of California's workforce. These may include training policies and investments pertaining to any of the following:
  (A) Occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment.
  (B) On-the-job training.
  (C) Incumbent worker training in accordance with Section 3174(d) (4) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (D) Programs that combine workplace training with related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs.
  (E) Training programs operated by the private sector.
  (F) Skill upgrading and retraining.
  (G) Entrepreneurial training.
  (H) Transitional jobs in accordance with Section 3174 (d)(5) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (I) Job readiness training provided in combination with any of the services described in subparagraphs (A) to (H), inclusive.
  (J) Adult education and literacy activities provided in combination with any of the services described in subparagraphs (A) to (G), inclusive.
  (K) Customized training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training.
  (e) The identification of regions, including planning regions, for the purposes of Section 3121(a) of Title 29 of the United States Code, and the designation of local areas under Section 3121 of Title 29 of the United States Code, after consultation with local boards and chief elected officials.
  (f) The development and continuous improvement of the one-stop delivery system in local areas, including providing assistance to local boards, one-stop operators, one-stop partners, and providers with planning and delivering services, including training services and supportive services, to support effective delivery of services to workers, job seekers, and employers.
  (g) Recommending strategies to the Governor for strategic training investments of the Governor's 15-percent discretionary funds.
  (h) Developing strategies to support staff training and awareness across programs supported under the workforce development system.
  (i) The development and updating of comprehensive state performance accountability measures, including state adjusted levels of performance, to assess the effectiveness of the core programs in the state as required under Section 3141(b) of Title 29 of the United States Code. As part of this process the board shall do all of the following:
  (1) Develop a workforce metrics dashboard, to be updated annually, that measures the state's human capital investments in workforce development to better understand the collective impact of these investments on the labor market. The workforce metrics dashboard shall be produced using existing available data and resources that are currently collected and accessible to state agencies. The board shall convene workforce program partners to develop a standardized set of inputs and outputs for the workforce metrics dashboard. The workforce metrics dashboard shall do all of the following:
  (A) Provide a status report on credential attainment, training completion, degree attainment, and participant earnings from workforce education and training programs. The board shall publish and distribute the final report.
  (B) Provide demographic breakdowns, including, to the extent possible, race, ethnicity, age, gender, veteran status, wage and credential or degree outcomes, and information on workforce outcomes in different industry sectors.
  (C) Measure, at a minimum and to the extent feasible with existing resources, the performance of the following workforce programs: community college career technical education, the Employment Training Panel, Title I and Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and state apprenticeship programs.
  (D) Measure participant earnings in California, and to the extent feasible, in other states. The Employment Development Department shall assist the board by calculating aggregated participant earnings using unemployment insurance wage records, without violating any applicable confidentiality requirements.
  (2) The State Department of Education is hereby authorized to collect the social security numbers of adults participating in adult education programs so that accurate participation in those programs can be represented in the report card. However, an individual shall not be denied program participation if he or she refuses to provide a social security number. The State Department of Education shall keep this information confidential and shall only use this information for tracking purposes, in compliance with all applicable state and federal law.
  (3) (A) Participating workforce programs, as specified in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (1), shall provide participant data in a standardized format to the Employment Development Department.
  (B) The Employment Development Department shall aggregate data provided by participating workforce programs and shall report the data, organized by demographics, earnings, and industry of employment, to the board to assist the board in producing the annual workforce metrics dashboard.
  (j) The identification and dissemination of information on best practices, including best practices for all of the following:
  (1) The effective operation of one-stop centers, relating to the use of business outreach, partnerships, and service delivery strategies, including strategies for serving individuals with barriers to employment.
  (2) The development of effective local boards, which may include information on factors that contribute to enabling local boards to exceed negotiated local levels of performance, sustain fiscal integrity, and achieve other measures of effectiveness.
  (3) Effective training programs that respond to real-time labor market analysis, that effectively use direct assessment and prior learning assessment to measure an individual's prior knowledge, skills, competencies, and experiences, and that evaluate such skills, and competencies for adaptability, to support efficient placement into employment or career pathways.
  (k) The development and review of statewide policies affecting the coordinated provision of services through the state's one-stop delivery system described in Section 3151(e) of Title 29 of the United States Code, including the development of all of the following:
  (1) Objective criteria and procedures for use by local boards in assessing the effectiveness and continuous improvement of one-stop centers described in Section 3151(e) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (2) Guidance for the allocation of one-stop center infrastructure funds under Section 3151(h) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (3) Policies relating to the appropriate roles and contributions of entities carrying out one-stop partner programs within the one-stop delivery system, including approaches to facilitating equitable and efficient cost allocation in such a system.
  (l) The development of strategies for technological improvements to facilitate access to, and improve the quality of, services and activities provided through the one-stop delivery system, including such improvements to all of the following:
  (1) Enhance digital literacy skills, as defined in Section 9101 of Title 20 of the United States Code, referred to in this division as "digital literacy skills."
  (2) Accelerate the acquisition of skills and recognized postsecondary credentials by participants.
  (3) Strengthen the professional development of providers and workforce professionals.
  (4) Ensure the technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities and individuals residing in remote areas.
  (m) The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs.
  (n) The development of allocation formulas for the distribution of funds for employment and training activities for adults, and youth workforce investment activities, to local areas as permitted under Sections 3163(b)(3) and 3173(b)(3) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (o) The preparation of the annual reports described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 3141(d) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (p) The development of the statewide workforce and labor market information system described in Section 49l-2(e) of Title 29 of the United States Code.
  (q) The development of such other policies as may promote statewide objectives for, and enhance the performance of, the workforce development system in the state.
  (r) Helping individuals with barriers to employment, including low-skill, low-wage workers, the long-term unemployed, and members of single-parent households, achieve economic security and upward mobility by implementing policies that encourage the attainment of marketable skills relevant to current labor market trends.
Members of the board may receive up to one hundred dollars ($100) for each day's actual attendance at meetings and other official business of the board, not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300) per month, and shall receive their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
(a) In efforts to expand job training and employment for allied health professions, the California Workforce Development Board, in consultation with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, shall do the following:
  (1) Identify opportunities for "earn and learn" job training opportunities that meet the industry's workforce demands and that are in high-wage, high-demand jobs.
  (2) Identify and develop specific requirements and qualifications for entry into "earn and learn" job training models.
  (3) Establish standards for "earn and learn" job training programs that are outcome oriented and accountable. The standards shall measure the results from program participation, including a measurement of how many complete the program with an industry-recognized credential that certifies that the individual is ready to enter the specific allied health profession for which he or she has been trained.
  (4) Develop means to identify, assess, and prepare a pool of qualified candidates seeking to enter "earn and learn" job training models.
  (b) (1) The board, on or before December 1, 2015, shall prepare and submit to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature a report on the findings and recommendations of the board.
  (2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed pursuant to this subdivision is inoperative on January 1, 2019, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.