State seeks public comments on workforce development program

Feb 24, 2020

The Maine Department of Labor and the State Workforce Board posted the 2020-2023 Unified State Plan for public comment.

The Unified State Plan is a requirement of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)— a federal legislation that directs each state to develop strategies for its workforce development system, which is made of multiple partners and stakeholders.

The plan is designed to help job seekers access education, training, support, and employment in high-wage and in-demand jobs and to match employers with workers they need.

The plan outlines steps needed to address workforce needs and identifies tasks and duties of each agency and core partners.

The State Workforce Board is now seeking public comments on the plan. Anyone interested in reviewing and commenting on this workforce plan can find it here at maine.gov.

Public comments can be submitted from Feb. 19 through March 4 by emailing DOL@maine.gov, through the comment form at the link above or by mail to State Workforce Board, Attn: WIOA Unified Plan, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Comments sent through traditional mail must be postmarked by March 4.

Comments received after the deadline without an earlier postmark date will not be accepted.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was signed into law July 22, 2014.

This federal legislation reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. In Maine, WIOA partners receive roughly $55 million in federal, state and other funding.

“We know that the success of our economy depends on the strength of our workforce and the innovation of our employers,” Commissioner Laura Fortman said. “This plan provides a roadmap to achieving these goals. I encourage you to read the plan and provide comments.”

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