What are Sector Boards?
Sector boards are involved in long-term efforts that integrate workforce and economic development strategies. Sector boards focus attention on the needs of multiple employers in a specific industry, they serve multiple customers (employers, workers, educational institutions, and agencies), they build in –depth knowledge of the industry and develop solutions to industry issues, changes, and concerns, and they promote community change that result in positive outcomes for both business, industry, and the workforce.
What benefits have been gained through sector board initiatives?
Sector boards results for business and industry have included reduced recruitment fees, lower training costs, reduced turn-over, lower production and/or waste costs, greater promotion potential of entry level employees, and higher quality customer service. Sector boards can also lead to more vibrant relationships between industry and regional workforce boards, resulting in more clear direction for workforce and economic development programs.
What is the difference between sector boards and college advisory committees?
Community college advisory committees provide input regarding program development and college curriculum. Sector boards focus on long-range planning, taking into account new technology and factors expected to impact the industry. They are focused on the future of the industry with regard to workforce needs, infrastructure, technology, etc. Sector boards work to identify resources and solutions to anticipated needs. Sector boards work collectively for the advancement of their industry.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges received funds from the Iowa State Legislature for the Pathways to Academic, Career, and Employment (PACE) Program in 2013.
PACE creates a strong pipeline of individuals entering and completing training in high skill/high demand career areas in Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health, Information Technology and Transportation / Logistics.
To support the process, PACE incorporates the use of sector boards. Sector boards are partnerships of employers within one industry who come together to focus on the workforce needs of the industry within the regional labor market.
- Focus attention on the needs of employers in a specific industry;
- Work with employers, workers, educational institutions and agencies;
- Build in-depth knowledge of the industry and develop solutions to issues;
- Promote community change resulting in positive outcomes for business, industry and the workforce.
Sector Boards are different from our traditional Advisory Councils that we have had in place for many years and continue to have working with our programs. Advisory Councils work closely with each of our more than 30 career programs, advising them on the types of training students need today in each of those specific career fields.
Sector Boards work on a much broader basis and are focused on long-range planning, taking into account new technology and factors expected to impact the industry. They are focused on the future workforce and work to identify resources and solutions to anticipated staffing and competitiveness needs.
Regional Workforce Boards (RWB) and Sector Boards
RWBs are instrumental in determining the local industries that can benefit from sector-based activity. They also utilize information provided through sector boards to guide program development in order to meet industry needs. RWBs are active supporters of Sector Board initiatives in their local communities, ensuring each community is an active member of the board.