Workforce DEvelopment


Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR)

The DLIR develops and disseminates labor market information and assists job seekers, workers and employers to facilitate workforce development.

Workforce Development Division (WDD)

WDD is a part of the Hawaii State DLIR. This division provides the following core services and programs to job seekers and employers:

  • Free job referral and search assistance for both job seekers and employers.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with private and public sector stakeholders to meet various emerging trends, advancements in technology and other issues facing our economy.
  • Collaborate with educators, employers, and labor unions to identify basic skills of all workforce entrants.
  • Provide consultative and support services to both employers and laid-off workers in times of financial trouble.

Workforce Development Council (WDC)

The WDC is an attached agency to the State of Hawaii DLIR. As is stated in HRS Chapter 202, the council is a 31-member advisory commission comprised of both public and private-sector representatives, who are selected by the Governor to serve in staggered 4-year terms on the basis of their interest in and knowledge of workforce development programs in Hawaii and how to support economic development throughout the state.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs

WIA programs are primarily intended to help adults, dislocated workers, youth, and other target groups with relevant training programs and intensive job counseling services designed to help them become better prepared for new careers. WIA funding also supports employers with rapid response services when they are undergoing plant closure or laying off employees.

Employers: As an employer, WIA offers a wide variety of programs that can benefit companies through tax credits, training assistance, training cost reimbursement, and other useful services.

Job Seekers: WIA’s Programs’ primary goal is to support job seekers acquire a variety of services and skills to better train them for the demands of the job market.

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)

DBEDT is Hawai‘i’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages.



WorkHawaii is the lead operator for Oahu WorkLinks. Oahu WorkLinks provides direct services to Businesses and Job Seekers. Oahu WorkLinks is a consortium of the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, and ALU LIKE, Inc. It is a one-stop center for business and job seeker services. The Oahu Workforce Investment Board oversees Oahu WorkLinks through a partnership with the Mayor.

Workforce Directory

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