The Oahu Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) invests in human capital. We believe that a vibrant workforce plays an integral role in the well being of the local economy. In our support role to the local economy, OWIB's policy focus is to collaborate with industry leaders and government to help Oahu's business grow, train and sustain a globally competitive workforce.
Board Members are appointed by the Mayor per specific member categories set by Federal law. Members established teams to focus on the following key activities of systemwide impact [P.L. 105-220 Section 117(d)(7) and (8)]: 1. Hire Our Heroes; 2. Strategic Planning; 3. Marketing and Networking of Oahu WorkLinks with the business community; 4. Policies and Monitoring of Oahu WorkLinks; and 5. Youth Council.
In 1998, then U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman stated, in part, that the passage of the federal Workforce Investment Act established a "(s)trong role for local boards and the private sector. Local boards will become business-led 'Boards of Directors' for the local areas. By relieving them from 'nitty gritty' operational details, the Act insures they will be able to focus on strategic planning, policy development and oversight of the local system...In the new system, the local level remains key for policy and administrative decisions..."
The Board oversees and sets policy direction for Oahu's local system of one-stop centers -- "Oahu WorkLinks." These centers provide federally funded employer resources and job training services for businesses and job seekers and youth activities.
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