What We Do

Strategic Goals

Through its programs and partnerships, the Council’s work is focused on three strategic goals: 

  • Increasing the public awareness of and access to career education and training opportunities. 
  • Improving the effectiveness, quality, and coordination of programs and services designed to maintain a highly skilled workforce. 
  • Providing for the most efficient use of federal, state, and local workforce development resources.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a federally funded program that establishes the Workforce Development System and provides funding to support training and employment services.

Grant Opportunities
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Grant Opportunities

Utilizing state, federal, and private funds, the Workforce Development Council funds employer, industry, and public sector projects.

Resoure Hub

Resoure Hub

Get the latest news, program updates and outreach materials for WDC’s programs and partnerships and learn about opportunities to engage with the council through upcoming meetings and events.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Through grant opportunities, programs, and partnerships and with support from public and private funders, the Idaho Workforce Development Council is preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

Programs & Partnerships

Through its committees, programs, and collaborations the Idaho Workforce Development Council helps to connect Idahoans to career opportunities, and Idaho’s employers to a qualified workforce. See some of our highlighted projects below.


Idahoans can match their skills to employer needs and research training for the skills that hiring managers seek. By filling out a simple form, they can connect with a career planner to access training funds for in-demand courses.


The Idaho Leader initiative is designed to help employers and education entities scale work-based learning opportunities such as internships, externships, apprenticeships, co-ops, career education, and on the-job training.

Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant

Through a joint effort with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Idaho Department of Labor, and Idaho Career Technical Education, Idaho Business for Education is scaling up Idaho’s Youth Apprenticeship program, with a goal of placing 400 apprentices by 2024 in some of the 1,200 federal apprenticeships. 

Next Steps Idaho

An initiative of the State Board of Education in partnership with the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Next Steps Idaho is designed to help all Idahoans understand and pursue the many education and career opportunities available to them.


Pathful Idaho

Pathful builds a bridge between students and the world of work, allowing any student at a contracted school to connect “live” with industry experts: locally, across the state, regionally, or nationally.

Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)

TPM helps employers save time, save money, and get the talent they need. Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, TPM uses a tested employer-led methodology to overcome industry specific skills gap challenges. Through TPM employers take the lead in building scalable, sustainable pipelines of talent.


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