Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board Response to the Nine Policy Questions


1.   Should the public workforce investment system strive to serve more persons or businesses less intensely or serve fewer persons or businesses more intensely?


The Local Board plans to serve persons and businesses according to the core, intensive, training and supportive services “reverse pyramid” model.  In this model, a relatively large amount persons and businesses would be served through core services.  Fewer persons or businesses will be served more intensely.


2.   Should more of the public resources be expended on the unemployed or the employed?


Based upon our community scan, the Board has determined that most sources of public funding target low income and unemployed individuals.  In leveraging these funds, more resources will therefore be spent on the unemployed; however, the Board will budget a portion funding for incumbent worker training and also to serve employed individuals who have not achieved self-sufficiency.







3.   How should resources be allocated between “work-first” and “training–first strategies?


Neither “work-first” or “training-first” will be instituted as a prevailing strategy.  Service strategies will be developed on an individual basis, according to customers needs.  This will be the Board’s policy for jobseekers and businesses.  Resources for this individualized strategy will be allocated according to analysis of recent data.


4.   Which skills should be developed pre-employment and which skills should be developed post-employment?


Many the skills requested by businesses in response to our data collection methods are equivalent to those requested by businesses for new hires.  Consequently, the Board’s individualized strategy will provide the flexibility to respond to skill needs depending upon the situation of each customer.


5.   What is the appropriate balance between classroom-based and workplace-based skill development?


The vast majority of businesses surveyed expressed the need for classroom training.  This same preference is echoed by our job seeker customers.





6.   What industries and businesses have critical skill shortages and/or labor shortages?


Critical skill and labor shortages exist across the board in our local area.  These shortages are particularly acute in the health care, information technology, manufacturing and service industries.


7.   Which industries and businesses should be targeted

    with public resources?


The local board has initially targeted health care and manufacturing; however, other industries will be addressed as well.


8.   How can the public workforce investment system support existing business efforts in skill development and develop meaningful business partnerships?


The public workforce investment system can support existing business efforts in skill development and develop meaningful business partnerships by:









Ø   Collaborative ventures involving the local board and other business and community organizations;

Ø   Providing consultation to businesses and business organizations involved in privately funded skill development projects;

Ø   Sharing data, data analysis and policy development information with business;

Ø   Delivering real-time, quality solutions to business skill develop problems;

Ø    Soliciting and utilizing feedback from business customers for continuous improvement purposes;

Ø   Involving business in the planning, implementation and continuous improvement of skill development initiatives.


9.   How can the variety of public training resources be made more understandable, responsive, efficient and accessible to more businesses?


Because our Business Services Team is comprised of One-Stop partner staff, it is well positioned to streamline, clarify and enhance services to the business customer.  Our board will not only equip the Business Services Team with a better insight into the needs of business, it will permit the business community to assist in the design of services to meet those needs.