The Lower Shore Workforce Alliance is a division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The Lower Shore is a designated Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The Lower Shore Workforce Alliance (LSWA), a division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCC), has assumed the primary obligation for implementing and coordinating WIOA-funded training and employment programs operated throughout the Lower Shore. The training and employment services currently offered by LSWA include skill and career assessment, occupational skills training, job search assistance, work experience, employability development counseling, supportive services and referral services which enable eligible participants to become economically self-sufficient and productive members of the community.
To better serve businesses, job-seekers and youth, the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance is partnering with other community agencies in a strategic shift towards the utilization of industry cluster advisory groups. This involves coordinating with existing organizations to ensure that workforce issues are brought to the forefront. Using an industry cluster model will allow staff to better focus on specific workforce issues. This strategy will assist in the transition from a supply-side (randomly trained individuals) approach to a demand-side (employer) approach to workforce development. For example, a healthcare industry advisory group (demand-side) identifies the need for nursing assistants, and then LSWA will broker relevant training, producing a skilled workforce (supply-side).
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