The Durham Workforce Development Board (DWDB) was established by federal legislation and is a consortium agreement between the City and County of Durham. The purpose of the Board is to facilitate, plan and coordinate workforce development resources to maximize the efforts of government, businesses, workforce partners, and education. The Board shall promote a responsive workforce development system; develop and approve a job training plan for the provision of coordinated employment and training services; provide oversight and guidance for workforce development activities; and provide employment and training services designed to alleviate the social, educational, and economic problems of groups or individuals, including but not limited to those with employment barriers.
Through collaborative partnerships, the board is the local policy organization responsible for the planning, oversight and coordination of workforce development initiatives that help support economic development in Durham and the region. It provides leadership to the local workforce system by promoting a responsive workforce development system, providing guidance and exercising independent oversight regarding activities under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and programs within the NCWorks Career Center.