California Workforce Development Board


Established by Executive Order in response to the mandate of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 (Public Law 105-220), the Board assists the Governor in setting and guiding policy in the area of workforce development.

The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) is responsible for assisting the Governor in performing the duties and responsibilities required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

All members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and represent the many facets of workforce development – business, labor, public education, higher education, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, as well as the Legislature.

The Board meets on a regular basis and the public is encouraged to attend the meetings. Decisions are reached through a collaborative process.

The Board’s Strategic Plan directs its work in providing guidance to the statewide workforce investment system.

  • The Workforce Accelerator Fund 8.0 Request for Applications is now available! Check out the Accelerator web page for more information.
  • The California Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the release of the Regional Plan Implementation/Slingshot 3.0 Initiative Request for Applications. Check out the Regional CA initiative page for more information.  
  • The California Workforce Development Board is pleased to assist with the Prison to Employment Initiative by providing Data Reporting Guidance.
  • Due to the high volume of interest, an additional application webinar has been added for the Breaking Barriers to Employment RFA. If you have already registered for the 7/24 workshop, DO NOT REGISTER AGAIN. For full details, please see the AB1111 initiative page HERE
  • Just announced!  The California Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the release of the AB1111 Breaking Barriers to Employment RFA.  For full details, significant dates and the RFA, please see the AB1111 Initiative page HERE
  • *Updated* AB1111 Letter of Intent to apply is available now.  Click here for the template **The due date for letters has been extended to June 24, 2019 3 PM PST.**  For more information about AB1111, go to the initiative page here.
  • English Language Learner Co-Enrollment Grants Awards have been awarded. See the Information Notice here.
  • The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced that the California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program Grant Solicitation is now available.
    The Grant Solicitation and link to the Online Application Portal, as well as an Application User Guide and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the CalCRG website at Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button located on the CalCRG website to access the Online Application Portal.
  • Additional Accelerator 7.0 Awards Announced.For more information, go to the Accelerator Initiative page.
  • Just Added!The Labor and Workforce Development Agency, California Workforce Development Board and the Employment Development Department are pleased to announce the availability of up to $1.2 million in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for ELL Co-Enrollment Pilots. These funds will support projects that increase access for target populations, align WIOA programs, implement co-enrollment strategies, leverage other program funding and provide supportive services for California’s English Language Learner (ELL) population. An additional $500,000 is available for services to provide coordinated technical assistance and evaluation.  For more information, view the full RFA here.

Current job openings with the California Workforce Development Board:

Policy, Research and Legislation Branch 

Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) –

2018 Regional and Local Plan modifications Community Engagement Meetings:
The dates, times and locations of stakeholder planning meetings, listening sessions, or other public meetings related to the planning process can be found here.