WIOA for Job Seekers

Provides Access to High Quality training: WIOA helps job seekers acquire industry-recognized credentials for in-demand jobs.

  • Training that leads to industry recognized post-secondary credentials is emphasized.
  • States and local areas will use career pathways to provide education and employment and training assistance to accelerate job seekers’ educational and career advancement.
  • Local areas have additional procurement vehicles for training to increase customer choice and quality, including individual training accounts, pay for performance contracts, and direct contracts with higher education.

Enhances Workforce Services for the Unemployed and Other Job Seekers: WIOA ensures that unemployed and other job seekers have access to high-quality workforce services.

  • WIA service categories of core and intensive services are collapsed into “career services” and there is no required sequence of services, enabling job seekers to access training immediately.
  • Local areas have flexibility to serve job seekers with greatest need by transferring up to 100 percent of funds between the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs.
  • Job seekers who are basic skills deficient, in addition to those who are low-income individuals, have a priority for services from the Adult program.
  • Unemployment insurance claimants can receive eligibility assessments and referrals to an array of training and education resources through the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service program.

Improves Services to Individuals with Disabilities: WIOA increases individuals with disabilities’ access to high quality workforce services and prepares them for competitive integrated employment.

  • AJCs will provide physical and programmatic accessibility to employment and training services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Youth with disabilities will receive extensive pre-employment transition services so they can successfully obtain competitive integrated employment.
  • State vocational rehabilitation agencies will set aside at least 15 percent of their funding to provide transition services to youth with disabilities.
  • A committee will advise the Secretary of Labor on strategies to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.
  • VR state grant programs will engage employers to improve participant employment outcomes.