The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a program to help low income adults enter unsubsidized employment; to improve the quality of the workforce; reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation’s economy.
WIOA offers Dislocated Workers employment and training services to eligible workers who have lost their jobs in mass layoffs or plant closing or who have been laid off and are unlikely to return to their jobs.
Under Dislocated Worker services, WIOA authorizes three sequential levels of service to be made available to job seekers. They are as follows:
Core Level Services: predominantly self-service providing access to computers, copiers, phones, faxes, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information. Job search placement staff assistance can include labor market information and testing.
Core Level Services include:
- Job Search
- Job Referrals
- Telephone Services
- Fax Service
- Computer Usage
- Job Search Seminar
Assisted Core Services include:
- Career Counseling
- Job Development
- Job Clubs
- Staff-assisted Referrals
- Follow-up Services
Intensive Level Services are provided to program eligible job seekers and include more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans, and access to short-term prevocational training. WIOA also authorizes the provision of supportive services (e.g., transportation and child care assistance) to enable an individual to participate in the program. If a job seeker is not successful at the intensive level in finding employment, they may be considered for training depending on funds availability and participant suitability.
Training Level Services: For those individuals completing intensive services and who have still not attained employment to become self sufficient in their area of skill, then occupational training may be provided.
To qualify for intensive and then training services, participants in the Adult program must be 18 years and older, provide proof of citizenship and Selective Service registration. Adult services for intensive and training services have additional eligibility requirements for low income and no current employment.
Service priority is given to Veterans, recipients of public assistance, and other low-income individuals.
To begin the pre-application process, click HERE.