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2016-20 WIOA Combined State Plan

Pennsylvania's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan 2016-2020 received final approval on October 20, 2016. Pennsylvania's Combined State Plan sets the framework for a workforce development system built on a foundation of alignment, innovation, employer engagement, accountability structures and data. Pennsylvania has set broad goals for a comprehensive workforce development system that increases the number of "jobs that pay," expands the number of "schools that teach" the skills necessary to succeed in college and careers, and is a model of "government that works."

The five broad goals for the commonwealth's workforce development system are:

  • Establish career pathways as the primary model for skill, credential and degree attainment and provide all Pennsylvanians, with an emphasis on Pennsylvanians with barriers to employment, an opportunity to obtain a job that pays.
  • Expand public-private investment in the state's pipeline of workers and in incumbent workers for targeted industry sectors from entry-level skills to middle skills through Industry Partnerships, WEDnetPA, and other innovative strategies.
  • Increase opportunities for all youth to participate in work based learning through summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, internships and other similar experiences.
  • Engage employers through multi-employer workforce partnerships to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs to the demand side of the labor market, increase public-private investment in critical skills, and support the spread of employer practices that create jobs that pay.
  • Strengthen data sharing across state agencies and workforce development partners to better understand education and employment outcomes and rely more effectively on data to improve and target our efforts.

Click on the links below to view Pennsylvania's WIOA Combined State Plan:

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Accessible Version

Prior State Plan Documents

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)

Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as initially submitted on March 17, 2016)

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