The Lower Shore Workforce Alliance is a division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The organization provides policy and oversight for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds and programs. WIA services are primarily delivered at the One-Stop Job Market located at 31901 Tri County Way in Salisbury, Maryland (410- 341-6515).
The Lower Shore is a designated Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA) under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The Lower Shore Workforce Alliance (LSWA), a division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (TCC), has assumed the primary obligation for implementing and coordinating WIA funded training and employment programs operated throughout the Lower Shore. The training and employment services currently offered by LSWA include skill and career assessment, occupational skills training, job search assistance, work experience, employability development counseling, supportive services and referral services which enable eligible participants to become economically self-sufficient and productive members of the community.
To better serve businesses, job-seekers and youth, the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance is partnering with other community agencies in a strategic shift towards the utilization of industry cluster advisory groups. This involves coordinating with existing organizations to ensure that workforce issues are brought to the forefront. Using an industry cluster model will allow staff to better focus on specific workforce issues. This strategy will assist in the transition from a supply-side (randomly trained individuals) approach to a demand-side (employer) approach to workforce development. For example, a healthcare industry advisory group (demand-side) identifies the need for nursing assistants, and then LSWA will broker relevant training, producing a skilled workforce (supply-side).