- II. Strategic Elements
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a Strategic Planning Elements section that analyzes the State’s current economic environment and identifies the State’s overall vision for its workforce development system. The required elements in this section allow the State to develop data-driven goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce and to identify successful strategies for aligning workforce development programs to support economic growth. Unless otherwise noted, all Strategic Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.
II. b. State Strategic Vision and Goals
The Unified or Combined State Plan must include the State’s strategic vision and goals for developing its workforce and meeting employer needs in order to support economic growth and economic self-sufficiency. This must include—
Describe the State’s strategic vision for its workforce development system.
Describe the goals for achieving this vision based on the analysis in (a) above of the State’s economic conditions, workforce, and workforce development activities. This must include—
(A) Goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce, including preparing youth and individuals with barriers to employment8 and other populations.9
(B) Goals for meeting the skilled workforce needs of employers.
 Individuals with barriers to employment include displaced homemakers; low-income individuals; Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians; individuals with disabilities, including youth who are individuals with disabilities; older individuals; ex-offenders; homeless individuals, or homeless children and youths; youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system; individuals who are English language learners, individuals who have low levels of literacy, and individuals facing substantial cultural barriers; eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers (as defined at section 167(i) of WIOA and Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 35-14); individuals within 2 years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program; single parents (including single pregnant women); and long-term unemployed individuals.
 Veterans, unemployed workers, and youth and any other populations identified by the State.
3. Performance Goals
Using the tables provided within each Core Program section, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.)
Describe how the State will assess the overall effectiveness of the workforce development system in the State in relation to the strategic vision and goals stated above in sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) and how it will use the results of this assessment and other feedback to make continuous or quality improvements.
State Strategic Vision and Goals
Through the implementation of WIOA, Florida has a business-led, market-responsive, results-oriented and integrated workforce development system. The enhanced system fosters customer service excellence, seeks continuous improvement and demonstrates value by enhancing employment opportunities for all individuals. Focused and deliberate collaboration between education, workforce and economic development networks maximizes the competitiveness of businesses and the productivity of the state’s workforce. This increases opportunities and economic prosperity.
Florida’s goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce, including preparing youth and individuals with barriers to employment and other populations, and for meeting the skilled workforce needs of employers are below. These broad goals are designed to achieve the strategic vision:
- Enhance alignment and market responsiveness of workforce, education and economic development systems through improved service integration that provides businesses with skilled, productive and competitive talent and Floridians with employment, education, training and support services that reduce welfare dependence and increase opportunities for self-sufficiency, high-skill and high-wage careers and lifelong learning.
- Promote accountable, transparent and data-driven workforce investment through performance measures, monitoring and evaluation that inform strategies, drive operational excellence, lead to the identification and replication of best practices and empower an effective and efficient workforce delivery system.
- Improve career exploration, educational attainment and skills training for in-demand industries and occupations for Florida youth and individuals with barriers to employment that lead to enhanced employment, career development, credentialing and postsecondary education opportunities.
3. Performance Goals
Core WIOA program partners continue efforts to refine a process for collecting data and reporting performance. Core programs will assist state and local workforce development boards to negotiate levels of performance based on the statistical adjustment model. This model takes into consideration state and local economic factors including unemployment rates, industry sectors and characteristics of participants entering the program (e.g., work history, work experience, educational/occupational skills attainment, literacy levels, disability status, etc.). The core measures include:
- Percentage of participants in unsubsidized employment during second quarter after exit
- Percentage of participants in unsubsidized employment during fourth quarter after exit
- Median earnings of participants during second quarter after exit
- Percentage of participants who obtain a postsecondary credential or secondary school diploma within one year after exit
- Achievement of measurable skill gains toward credential or employment
- Effectiveness in serving employers
Negotiated levels of performance are reviewed and approved by the core program senior leadership, the state workforce investment board and ultimately the Governor. Data are housed in the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) system for quarterly and annual reporting by WIOA core program partners. Tables with updated performance and negotiated performance goals are in section III of this plan.
Florida will assess the overall effectiveness of the workforce development system in relation to the strategic vision and goals through a variety of approaches. The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors, including representation of all WIOA core partners and other key stakeholders, meets regularly throughout the year with an agenda tied to the vision and the goals. These meetings include updates for key strategic initiatives and projects, presentation of best practices that demonstrate progress in meeting goals, updates from core partners and other stakeholders, performance reports, and identification of board-led initiatives to further improve performance. Core partners provide performance data to the state workforce investment board. Performance is assessed in relation to state and local targets. Gaps in performance are addressed at the state and local levels. State-level teams provide technical assistance to local boards on complex performance issues. Core program partners share performance reports and special analyses of performance are conducted and shared across programs.
Assessment of overall effectiveness is considered by the state workforce investment board in preparing for annual planning and the State Unified plan. Regular interagency meetings of the WIOA Core Partner programs address aspects of plan implementation and successful strategies for continuous improvement. These meetings include leadership and subject matter experts from the Florida Department of Education’s Divisions of Career and Adult Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services; the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; and CareerSource Florida. A stakeholders’ workgroup including core and other partners meets regularly to share information and provide input for the unified plan.