Camoin Associates assisted the five workforce boards of the Metro Atlanta Region as they developed a new strategic plan compliant with the requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This planning process represented the first attempt for these five workforce boards to formally collaborate as a region.
To develop the new WIOA strategic plan, Camoin Associates conducted a detailed analysis of the region’s economy, labor market, and education and training programs. This analysis included identifying in-demand industries and occupation and the skills most requested by employers.
Additionally, Camoin facilitated multiple stakeholder engagement sessions. Due to the broad scope of the plan and the workforce system, the stakeholders engaged ranged from employers to education and training providers to community-based organizations. Each was offered the opportunity to explain how they use the workforce system and how the workforce system can best help them serve job seekers and employers.
The process culminated in a multi-day strategy session with leaders of each workforce board and key stakeholders. Ultimately, the boards elected to consolidate certain administration functions to ensure consistency and efficiency and collaboratively pursue new opportunities, such as employer engagement and new training initiatives, while maintaining local initiatives that serve each workforce area’s unique needs.
- Economic, demographic, and workforce analysis
- Focus groups with multiple stakeholder groups
- Online survey development and distribution
- Strategic plan compliant with federal requirements while serving as a useful planning and implementation tool
- Strategies that represent regional collaboration while maintaining flexibility for local needs