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  • 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—

  • 1. Vision

    Describe the State’s strategic vision for its workforce development system.

  • 2. Goals

    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.


    [8] 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.

    [9] 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.)

  • 4. Assessment

    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.

Current Narrative:

II. b. State Strategic Vision and Goals

Guam’s Comprehensive Workforce Development System will improve access to education, economic opportunities, skills training and employment for all of Guam’s job seekers, especially those with significant barriers to employment.  It will develop a more rigid and skilled, competitive workforce that meets the needs of Guam’s employers; stimulate the vitality of our local community; and promote a state economy that is competitive in the global economy, most especially with the recovery of the Guam economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Vision

Guam’s Workforce Development System will improve access to education, economic opportunity, skills training, and employment for all of Guam’s job seekers at the American Job Center -- especially for those with significant barriers to employment.  It will place emphasis on career pathways and develop a skilled and competitive workforce that meets the needs of Guam’s employers to stimulate the vitality of our local community.  And lastly, to work with and promote a state economy that is competitive in the global economy with our workforce partners, public and private.

2. Goals

(A) Goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce, including preparing youth and individuals with barriers to employment8and other populations.9

The new 2020 State Plan goals are:

  1. To increase employment and skill levels by implementing effective strategies that deliver high quality services to employers and those seeking employment to include up-skilling and reskilling, as well as capacity building to recover from Guam’s current economic state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(See Incumbent Worker Training (IWT). That way, there is a stronger workforce, when employees are allowed to undergo training to develop the skills they need to succeed and perform at a higher level in their jobs.  IWT is intended to develop workers and make small business stronger. It is used to offset the cost of training for existing (incumbent) employees.This also ties in with the training providers in the Eligible Training Providers List (ETPL) at the GDOL.  Good sound management develops their people with workforce intel and information technology.

  1. Provide useful and timely data and reports that align with economic and workforce development.  The HireGuam Virtual One Stop (VOS) is the current management system utilized to capture workforce data.  HireGuam is a demand based service.
  1. Provide an effective and integrated workforce learning environment or system to promote lifelong learning continuum and align regional economies.
  1. Increase economic opportunities for Guam residents through partnerships, collaboration with businesses, local and federal government and non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as Community-based and Faith-based organizations.
  1. Provide WIOA stakeholders with a workforce investment system that is easy to access, navigate and assess with the HireGuam.com Virtual One Stop (VOS) system to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to both employers and job seekers

Contingency planning for the new state plan. Since the Guam economy needs to recover, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the new WIOA 2020 Combined State Plan has five (5) new strategic goals. These are  accompanied by Nomenclature Classification of Work Areas that are relevant to the goals to be accomplished. The general public can access these WIOA work area goals on our GDOL website at the Guam WIOA and GWDB pages (dol.guam.gov): https://dol.guam.gov/wp-content/uploads/Work-Areas-PY2020-2023.pdf

(B) Goals for meeting the skilled workforce needs of employers.

GDOL strategic goals that are recommended to take place include:

  • The alignment of core program resources, to coordinate efforts across business partners and businesses alike to eliminate redundancies and secure employment for those seeking employment.
  • To promote in-demand occupations and career pathways more aggressively; to leverage technology and data to create improved services and outcomes
  • To work collaboratively on promoting the Business Services Unit (BSU), the newest mandate from WIOA to assist businesses with partnerships for workforce development to ensure AJC programs and services are available to those seeking employment and employers looking for skilled workers
  • To invest in work based learning and encourage workers to get involved in the pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs readily available with work sponsors and businesses willing to train and develop job seekers.

3. Performance Goals & 4. Assessment

In relation to the strategic vision and goals, Guam uses numerous strategies to assess the overall effectiveness of our workforce development system.  This includes performance evaluations and continuous improvement strategies at all levels necessary to achieve workforce development.

Combined with board governance and policies, the staff and management at the AJC are committed to implement case management and document activities in case files and to  conduct follow-up and monitoring on a quarterly basis to ensure that there is evaluation and feedback received from clients.

The HireGuam Virtual One Stop (VOS), case management system is utilized by the Guam Department of Labor (GDOL).  At the American Job Center (AJC), post-pandemic period from the COVID-19, the same vendor that developed HireGuam is also responsible for developing the software module for the PUA and FPUC unemployment programs at the department.  HireGuam is a centralized database system that processes shared information with workforce partnerships and continues to serve the Guam workforce community.

Requirements of the Guam Workforce Development Board (GWDB) 

(Post COVID-19) - The workforce board is required to:

  • The Guam Workforce Development Board (GWDB) is private-sector driven and acts as the advisor to the Governor and the legislature on the workforce development system, and provides direction, strategic leadership, and collaboration among partners and businesses to deliver a strong workforce for both job seekers and employers
  • Evaluate the extent to which the state's workforce development programs emphasize education and training opportunities that align with employers' workforce needs and labor market information and statistics; that these findings are reported on an annual basis, similar to the Guam Economic Outlook analysis report prepared by the GDOL Chief Economist for the Governor’s office
  • Re-assess funding streams and conduct review of programs with current unemployment situation and collaborate with education, workforce partners and training providers to assist job seekers with career pathways, especially youth, with Career and Technical Education (CTE), improve adult education and strengthen workforce development programs with both education and training to include supportive services
  • Adopt resolutions that conform to workforce development for the Guam economy to be vibrant and sustainable upon recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; to adopt the STEAM initiative as adopted by the Regional Workforce Development Council (RWDC)

Goals related to Veterans:

Provide employment and training services to veterans with significant barriers to employment and connect employers with work-ready veterans.

Serve as a partner for veterans, ready with resources and expert guidance to assist them in transitioning from active duty service to civilian life, no matter when that transition occurred. GDOL AJC is committed to providing high quality services to Veterans.  AJC staff is fully invested in supporting the success of this important population.  Staff participate in ongoing professional development, and maintain updated knowledge on businesses seeking Guam’s veterans to fill open positions.

Strategic Goals:

  1. Increase the earning capacity of Guam’s workforce system customers by maximizing access to employment;
  2. Increase the earning capacity of Guam’s workforce system customers by maximizing access to and use of skills and credentialing;
  3. Increase the earning capacity of Guam’s workforce system customers by maximizing access to and use of life management skills;
  4. Increase the earning capacity of Guam’s workforce system customers by eliminating barriers to employment; and,
  5. Strengthen and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Guam’s workforce system.