What are the functions of a local workforce system?

Providing Education and Training

Education and training is provided by an array of local workforce system organizations, including public community and technical colleges, for-profit technical schools, and community-based organizations. Education and training providers prepare workers for jobs by helping them gain skills and credentials and may employ strategies such as the following:

  • Accelerated learning approaches, such as integrated education and training and prior learning assessments, to help incumbent workers and unemployed adults develop skills and gain credentials quickly
  • Adult education to help low-skill adults catch up on basic math and English skills
  • Apprenticeship allows workers to earn wages while learning a skill
  • Career academies that prepare high school students with occupational training in addition to their regular courses
  • Industry-recognized training and credentials that are sometimes developed in partnership with employers and reflect the skills needs of the labor market
  • Online learning to allow students to take courses without having to attend classes in person on a college campus 
  • Work-based learning opportunities provide participants with real-world, on-the-job experience
  • Career pathways programs involve a mapping of education and training steps and support toward industry-aligned skills and credentials and career advancement