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What we do

The North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NCMWIB) established in 1979 is a private non-profit 501 C3 organization responsible for the policy development and oversight of all state and federally funded workforce development initiatives in the region. The purpose and function of the 51% private sector Board under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) include:

The Purpose of the Local Workforce Development Board 697.300

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight in collaboration with the required and additional partners and workforce stakeholders to help develop a comprehensive and high quality workforce development system in the local area and larger planning region;
  • Assist in the achievement of the State's strategic and operational vision and goals as outlined in the Unified State Plan or Combined State Plan; and
  • Maximize and continue to improve the quality of services, customer satisfaction, effectiveness of the services provided.

The Functions of the Local Workforce Development Board 697.370

As provided in WIOA sec. 107(d), the Local WDB must:
  • Develop and submit a 4-year local plan for the local area, in partnership with the chief elected official and consistent with WIOA sec. 108;
  • If the local area is part of a planning region that includes other local areas, develop and submit a regional plan in collaboration with other local areas. If the local area is part of a planning region, the local plan must be submitted as a part of the regional plan;
  • Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analysis
  • Convene local workforce development system stakeholders to assist in the development of the local plan under § 679.550 and in identifying non-Federal expertise and resources to leverage support for workforce development activities. Such stakeholders may assist the Local WDB and standing committees in carrying out convening, brokering, and leveraging functions at the direction of the Local WDB;
  • Lead efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and other entities in the region
  • With representatives of secondary and postsecondary education programs, lead efforts to develop and implement career pathways within the local area by aligning the employment, training, education, and supportive services that are needed by adults and youth, particularly individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Lead efforts in the local area to identify and promote proven and promising strategies and initiatives for meeting the needs of employers, workers and job seekers, and identify and disseminate information on proven and promising practices carried out in other local areas for meeting such needs.
  • Develop strategies for using technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce development system for employers, and workers and job seekers
  • Conduct oversight of youth workforce investment activities authorized under WIOA sec. 129(c), adult and dislocated worker employment and training activities under WIOA secs. 134(c) and (d); and entire one-stop delivery system in the local area; and ensure the appropriate use and management of the funds provided under WIOA subtitle B for the youth, adult, and dislocated worker activities and one-stop delivery system in the local area; and ensure the appropriate use management, and investment of funds to maximize performance outcomes under WIOA sec. 116.
  • Negotiate and reach agreement on local performance indicators with the chief elected official and the Governor.
  • Negotiate with CEO and required partners on the methods for funding the infrastructure costs of one-stop centers in the local area in accordance with §
  • Select One-stop operators in accordance with §§ 678.600 through 678.635 of this chapter.
  • In accordance with WIOA sec. 107(d)(10)(E) work with the State to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of career services and training services serving the local area and providing the services in a manner that maximizes consumer choice, as well as providing opportunities that lead to competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.
  • Develop a budget for the activities of the Local WDB, with approval of the chief elected official and consistent with the local plan and the duties of the Local WDB.
  • Assess, on an annual basis, the physical and programmatic accessibility of all one stop centers in the local area, in accordance with WIOA sec. 188, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).
  • Certify one-stop centers in accordance with § 678.800 of this chapter. For a more detailed description of the Local Workforce Board responsibilities: See section 679.370 in WIOA final regulations pages 997-983

The Board also operates the School-to-Career Connecting Activities program through a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is involved in economic development, workforce training and adult education and training. The Board seeks to find resources to support local priority industry sectors and special populations.