The board serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region. The board also has the broader role of addressing critical labor market issues and developing strategic partnerships with local leaders in economic development, the K-12 and higher education system, government agencies, chambers of commerce, community-based, and labor organizations.
The board charters and oversees a one-stop career center, North Shore Career Center, located in Salem, with a satellite offices throughout the North Shore.
The NSWIB Board is comprised of over 40 local business, industry, labor, education and training leaders that have statutory authority to fund and promote workforce development initiatives throughout our 19 city and town region, which includes:
Board and Charter
- Primary Functions: labor market research, partnership development within critical industries to solve workforce problems, over see the One-Stop Career Center System.
- We have two customers: companies (demand side) and job seekers (supply side).
- Salem is our host city.
- The WIB is 65% federal funded and 35% state funded with an annual budget between $6 million and $8 million.
- The WIB must be at least 51% employers, the remainder are community leaders with interest in workforce issues.
- You do not have to be unemployed to use WIB services.
- If a job seeker needs training to become re-employed, the WIB may pick up some or all of the costs.
- If a company needs trained workers, the WIB can help find these workers or find the money to train existing workers.