The Workforce Information Council (WIC) was created under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to help guide the development and improvement of the nationwide workforce and labor market information system.

Workforce Information Council Summary Report

The Workforce Information Council (WIC) undertook a Skills Initiative, and formed a study group to engage stakeholders from public policy and higher education in a dialogue around capturing relevant skills concepts and data.

The WIC adopted this initiative to respond to growing concerns about aligning employment demand with worker capabilities and training programs.

The WIC Skills Initiative’s ultimate goal was to provide a baseline understanding of how various stakeholders perceive the concept of "skills," and to identify and disseminate best practices in the provision of skills data.

The LMI Institute hosted the WIC Skills Initiative Forum, and issued the WIC Skills Initiative Summary Report.

The purpose of this report was to synthesize the findings from customer consultation. The report provides detailed information about stakeholders, their concerns, responses about skills questions, and thoughts about the future provision of skills data.


Background on the Former WIC

The WIC, which has since been replaced by the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), provided information on labor market trends and conditions, job outlook and wages, skill requirements of jobs, and a wide variety of other information that helps customers make decisions about their businesses, careers, training, and job search.

As the predecessor to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) established the WIC with a unique structure for Federal-State cooperation in planning and overseeing America's labor market information system.        

WIOA calls for data-driven decision-making around the development of skills and workplace readiness, and the WIC report is useful for guidance on the operational definition of "skills."