Workforce Information Council's Skills Initiative Summary Report

Oct 26, 2015

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The Workforce Information Council (WIC) Skills Initiative is a study group created to engage federal representatives, state labor market information (LMI) Directors, and other stakeholders from public policy and higher education in a dialogue around skills concepts and data. The WIC adopted this initiative to respond to growing concerns about aligning employment demand with worker capabilities and training programs.

The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) calls for data-driven decision-making around the development of skills and workplace readiness, yet provides little guidance on the operational definition of "skills." The WIC Skills Initiative’s ultimate goal is to provide a baseline understanding of how various stakeholders perceive the concept of "skills," and to identify and disseminate best practices in the provision of skills data. The project has three primary objectives:

1) Survey state LMI Directors regarding their thoughts on skills data.

2) Hold a national convening on skills data, incorporating a range of professionals from the LMI community.

3) Produce a report summarizing the discussion from the national convening on skills data.

The purpose of this report is to fulfill the third objective, which synthesizes the findings from the first two objectives. The report provides detailed information about the Convening’s attendees, their concerns around and responses to skills data, and their thoughts about the future provision of skills data.