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.


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Review our available positions below, and visit the CalCareers webpage to learn more about how to apply for a state job.

Are you passionate about ending poverty and inequality? Are you motivated to address the climate crisis and social injustice while working on economic and workforce development? If so, you may be a great fit for one of our open positions at the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB).

The CWDB is recognized nationally as a progressive and experimental state workforce department, charting a path to a High Road economy and approach to workforce development grounded in the principles of social equity, environmental sustainability, and resilience and quality jobs. Over the past decade, the CWDB’s budget, programs, and staff have grown exponentially using federal and state workforce funding to pilot new sector-based workforce initiatives and develop policy solutions that address the quality and accessibility of jobs in addition to training.


The last day to apply for JC-274410 is 11/19/2021.
The Industry Convener (Field Specialist) will be responsible for providing subject-matter-expertise to the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), the Labor and Workplace Development Agency, and California workforce leaders in key industries. The ideal candidate will provide support for the successful implementation of the High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) and the High Road Construction Careers (HRCC) through facilitation, communication, and active engagement with key stakeholders in the field. The position will also require a significant amount of time in the field applying their expertise in workforce development with labor-management groups, climate impact organizations, training providers, institutions of higher education, and other key community partners


The last day to apply for JC-272529 is 10/21/2021.
The Grant/Initiative Analyst will be responsible for varied and complex technical, analytical assignments of managing multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The ideal candidate will participate in the administrative work that supports establishing new funding opportunities, scoring, awarding and implementing, and capturing lessons and successes that can be communicated internally and externally throughout the system.


The last day to apply for JC-268585 is 10/18/2021.
The Interagency Climate-Workforce Policy Specialist will mobilize and assist state environmental agencies in using their policies and investments to maximize positive labor market outcomes and advance economic equity. The ideal candidate will: be familiar with labor policy as well as high road economic and workforce development strategies (knowledge of CA environmental policies and programs is a plus, especially in the natural resources sectors); have experience with policy advocacy, organizing and coalition-building (for labor and/or environmental issues); and be a self-starter capable of identifying strategic opportunities for interagency collaboration and partnership.

  • Press Release – May 26, 2021
    California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) Executive Director Tim Rainey issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail facility…
  • Press Release – May 17, 2021
    As part of the California Comeback Plan, Governor Gavin Newsom last week announced a jobs package that invests more than $1 billion for the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) to support California workers, businesses, and communities in leading the Golden State through an equitable and sustainable recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
  • The High Road to Economic Prosperity
    The UCLA Labor Center evaluation offers an assessment of the California Workforce Development Board’s High Road Training Partnership Initiative.
  • Press Release – March 12, 2021
    As the state continues to make strides towards a low carbon economy, the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) has announced an investment of $5.6 million to expand and improve the work of the High Road Construction Careers (HRCC) initiative.
  • Press Release – February 22, 2021
    The California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) announces its latest round of High Road Training Partnership (HRTP) grant awards totaling $8.9 million for sector-based workforce development projects in several industries and areas that are critical to the state’s strategy for a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis while addressing climate change and community resilience.
  • Just Announced – Workforce Accelerator 9.0 Request for Applications is now available! For details, go to the Accelerator Initiative page.
  • Press Release – January 21, 2021
    As California charts a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) effort to build and expand High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) across the state has been nationally recognized as an emerging best practice to enhance job quality through industry partnerships.
  • Press Release – December 11, 2020
    As California charts a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) announced today the latest round of grant awards for the High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) program.
  • California Workforce Development Board Annual Report 2019
  • Press Release – November 9, 2020
    In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020, the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) presents PAVING THE HIGH ROAD TO A RESILIENT ECONOMY: The Power of Pre-Apprenticeship for Equity, Climate, and Quality Jobs.
  • Press Release – October 29, 2020
    CPUC and State Workforce Development Board sign agreement to advance shared prosperity as California transitions to zero-emissions energy and transportation system.

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