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Washington's Workforce Plan: Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP)



Talent and Prosperity for All: The Strategic Plan for Unlocking Washington's Workforce Potential.

We like to call it TAP!


TAP Implementation Committees are putting good ideas to work!

Barrier and Accessibility Solutions Performance Accountability/Data Sharing
Integrated Service Delivery Business Engagement
Common Intake Process Professional Development


Quick materials...at a glance!

Four key strategies identified in TAP plan

  1. Improving the customer experience: Better serving current and future workers
  2. Business engagement:Engaging business for better results
  3. Accessibility and technology: Ensuring access for everyone
  4. Performance accountability: Next generation performance measures

Read about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This federal act is a key component of the state's workforce plan.


More TAP on tap


Staff TAP contacts:

Eric Wolf | 360-709-4614





Talent and Prosperity for All (complete)

TAP "Strategic" chapters (pdf)

Federal agencies approve state plan

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education approved Washington's workforce plan on October 20, 2016. Read the letter here.

View your local area's workforce plan!

Washington's 12 Workforce Development Councils are required to submit local workforce plans that aim to increase skill levels, employment, earnings and customer satisfaction, as well as generate a good return on investment. Each local plan also aligns with TAP. View your local plan.

WIOA Final Regulations Available

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have made publicly available five rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Read more here.

What is WIOA?

Passed in July 2014, it's the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. WIOA replaces and modifies the Workforce Investment Act, started in 1998. Most WIOA provisions become effective July 1, 2015.

What are WIOA's goals?
WIOA was designed to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and enhance the nation's productivity and competitiveness.

Key features of WIOA:

  1. Applies one set of accountability metrics to every federal workforce program under the bill.

  2. Requires states to create single strategic plan for training, employment services, adult education & vocational rehabilitation.

  3. Better aligns workforce areas, labor markets, and economic development regions.

  4. Strengthens evaluation and data reporting.



Previous state plans

The adoption of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) gave us the chance to rebrand the state's workforce plan. The plan was once called High Skills, High Wages. View previous versions here.

WIOA Populations with Barriers chart
An extensive list of populations with barriers, along with proposed solutions (PDF)






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