The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) authorizes nearly 575 local business-led workforce
investments boards (WIBs) that cover all fifty states, Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Territories to oversee and coordinate services through a
network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers. WorkForce Central is the Workforce Investment Board for Pierce County.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the largest employer by far in Pierce County. As their presence in Pierce County and Washington state impacts both Pierce County's economy and workforce, WorkForce Central is elevating the need to work with them to ensure they continue to have a presence here locally.
We work to increase awareness of the circumstances of today’s workforce. The pool of qualified workers is drying up, making it difficult for employers to build the workforce they need to adapt to opportunities and challenges. WorkForce Central passionately supports workforce development and provides services that create a pool of skilled candidates and the connections to employers that need them. We advocate for positive changes within Pierce County’s workforce and support partners that invest toward specific workforce development priorities.
Some examples of our ongoing efforts to attract federal, state and local funds supporting Pierce County workforce development:
$2.2 million to create 130 jobs for unemployed Pierce County residents to clean up and repair damage caused by flooding
$3 million to support the health care partnership efforts
$1.5 - $2 million per year to build skills, develop a healthy work ethic and provide real-world, paid work experience to public assistance recipients
$2.2 million to train military spouses for in demand, portable careers
$615,000 to increase training capacity at colleges
$300,000 for at-risk youth apprenticeship programs
Positive results for the community
Prosperity for all:
Improved quality of life
Demographics to attract and retain businesses
Higher employment rate
Tax revenue to support infrastructure
Driven economy due to citizens having income to spend
WorkForce Central has identified priority sectors for Pierce County
for the period of 2011-2018 to guide workforce development strategic
planning and investments in our local community.
Information Technology/Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Trade/Deep Sea Transportation and Warehousing Logistics
Manufacturing - Aerospace, Building Products, and Food
Middle Skill Jobs
WorkForce Central is passionate about furthering the message of middle skill jobs. Middle skill jobs are those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four year degree. WorkForce Central's Workforce Development Council is currently giving presentations on the importance of middle skill jobs and how you can get involved. If you are interested in scheduling for this presentation, call (253) 591-5450.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - EQUAL ACCESS: WorkForce Central is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Language services for clients are provided free of charge. WA Relay Services: 1-800-833-6384.