The US Government Publishing Office (GPO) states it "is a critical human capital system concerned with identifying future needs, developing a productive workforce, identifying and examining the competencies and skill levels of employees at all levels, and determining both proficiency and skill gap. WDET [Workforce Development, Education & Training] is responsible for helping to develop a workplace climate that drives the attainment of current and future agency goals through the use of transformational strategies in career development, education, and training. In short, WDET is about learning, developing, and changing our skill sets to meet the needs of our stakeholders and customers."
Another website identified it as "helps job seekers acquire the skills that employers need most."
I define it by what I see each day…
It’s the woman who is sitting in the classroom, 3 hours after class has ended, working hard on her lines of programming code.
It’s the visually impaired man who comes to class 30 minutes early because to take a later bus would make him late for school.
It’s the manufacturing maintenance team coming off third shift taking electrical safety training at 6 am.
It's the man whose name is on the door of the business taking class with his employees because they all need to understand how Excel will help them do their job more efficiently.
To me workforce development is a mutually beneficial partnership between business and education where the educational partner listens to the business and designs a training solution for the incoming or incumbent workers. This training moves people from where they currently are to where they need to be for a job/career. This in turn makes for a stronger workforce who in turn improves the productivity and capacity of the business…both of which strengthen the economy of the community.
Creating these custom training opportunities is what I do every day.
THIS is what makes my job fun.