President Barack Obama signed The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years. Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them.
WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development:
- employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states; and
- adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education (DoED).
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR VIRGINIA
“WIOA gives us a brand new opportunity to step back and look at how we deliver workforce development services in Virginia,” said George Taratsas, WIOA Implementation Lead for the Virginia Community College System. “We will focus on strengthening partnerships, including the relationship between workforce development and education. The greatest benefit will be the attainment of our goals for creating jobs in Virginia,” said Taratsas.
For more information about WIOA, check out the United States Department of Labor and Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez’s blog post regarding the enactment of WIOA.
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