Workforce Development

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The federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), which superseded the Job Training Partnership Act, offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through statewide and local organizations. Available workforce development activities provided in local communities can benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers. The purpose of these activities is to promote an increase in the employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills improvement by participants. This, in turn, improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and improves the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

Available Services

Title I of the WIOA authorizes services for youth, adults, and laid-off workers. Eligible youth must be 14 to 24 years of age, low income, and meet at least one of six specific barriers to employment. A year-round youth program emphasizes attainment of basic skills competencies, enhances opportunities for academic and occupational training, and provides exposure to the job market and employment. Activities may include instruction leading to completion of secondary school,tutoring, internships, job shadowing, work experience, adult mentoring, and comprehensive guidance and counseling.

The program emphasizes services for out-of-school youth.Eligible adults must be age 16 or older. While eligible laid-off workers are generally individuals who have been terminated from their last employment and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation, displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals also may qualify for these services. Adult and laid-off worker services are provided through locally-based One-Stop Career Centers. Comprehensive One-Stop centers provide access to a full range of services pertaining to employment, training and education, employer assistance, and guidance for obtaining other assistance. While WIOA requires One-Stop centers to provide specific services, local areas may design programs and provide services that reflect the unique needs of their area.

One-Stop centers use varied strategies in providing the appropriate services to meet the needs of customers: Core Services are available and include, in part, labor market information, initial assessment of skill levels, and job search and placement assistance.Intensive Services are available to eligible unemployed individuals who have completed at least one core service, but have not been able to obtain employment, or employed individuals needing additional services to obtain or keep employment that will lead to personal self-sufficiency.Training Services are available to eligible individuals who have met the requirements for intensive services and have not been able to obtain or keep employment. Individual Training Accounts are established to finance training based upon the individual’s choice of selected training programs.

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