JobSource – Department of Labor licensing and Regulation (DLLR) & TCC Universal Design
The most important aspect of the Act is its focus on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education, and employment needs of individuals. Key components of the Act will enable customers to easily access the information and services they need through the “One-Stop” system; empower adults to obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts, and ensure that all State and local programs meet customer expectations.
A Workforce Investment Area (WIA) is a region with 200,000 or more residents and a common labor pool. Each State has a different method of delivering WIA services. The State of Maryland operates under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR); Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. The State’s workforce programs and is part of Maryland Jobs Now, a network of high-performing, results-oriented workforce organizations investing in employment and training strategies, services, and initiatives, affording Marylanders good-paying jobs in a thriving economy.
Maryland has 12 local WIAs across the State. For each WIA there is a Local Workforce Investment Board (LWIB). By law, each LWIB is chaired by a business person and comprised of a majority of private sector representatives; business owners; chief executives; managers and policy makers. Other LWIB members are drawn from public job service, education, social services, rehabilitation, and economic development agencies as well as from organized labor, and community based organizations.
The local boards in Maryland develop job training programs for implementation in their respective WIAs, oversee the operation of those programs and determine which companies, educational institutions, and community organizations will receive funding for program operation. The WIA cooperates with local employers and government to select the workforce development programs most beneficial to the region, and to tailor programs to meet the local employment training needs. This is where Southern Maryland unique design of universal design brand Southern Maryland JobSource begins.
The Southern Maryland JobSource team is a collaborative effort between the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) and Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Together our agencies provide general policy and oversight for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds and programs. The WIA services are primarily delivered at our regional One Stop Career Centers in Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties.