Who We Are and What We Do
Nevadaworks is a regional agency focused on preparing northern Nevada’s workforce to meet the needs of current and potential northern Nevada employers. We do this by understanding the workplace requirements of employers and then coordinating with area educational institutions, public and private training providers, and state or other local agencies, to craft necessary training programs for individuals to meet those expressed needs.
Nevadaworks provides funding to qualified service providers who work directly with a diverse population of individuals who are seeking employment, skills upgrading, or who are entering the workforce for the first time. We believe that a strong workforce is the key to a vibrant and diverse economy.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The intent of the law is to provide workforce training services to job seekers thus increasing their employment potential, job retention, and earnings while at the same time meeting the employer’s demands for a skilled workforce.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act established Local Workforce Development Boards throughout the country. Nevada has two local boards; Nevadaworks in the north and Workforce Connections in the South. Each board is comprised of local elected officials and other area business professionals. Nevadaworks’ service area includes the thirteen northern Nevada counties of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine. Workforce Connections serves Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye Counties.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is only the initial framework for creating a world-class workforce development system. The success of this system will depend upon the commitment and collaboration of local area businesses, educational facilities, other agencies and partners.
For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, click here.