WIOA - Youth Program Transition

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 10:39am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI


**Summary of TEGL WIOA NO. 23-14**

It is estimated that over six million 16-24 years olds are currently not employed or not in school. 75% of WIOA youth program funds now focus now on out-of-school youth (OSY) and 25% on in-school youth (ISY). The Employment and Training Administration is aware of the challenges that states and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) will encounter transitioning to the 75% spending requirement for OSY activities. 

States and local WIBs should be receiving notification of the first WIOA allotment for youth programs in April 2015, with operational implementation on July 1, 2015. States and local WIBs are encouraged to use allowable transition funds to begin preparation for WIOA youth programs.

The Employment and Training Administration understands this is a significant shift, and they will provide technical assistance and guidance on recruiting and serving OSY. All states and local WIBs will be required to spend a minimum of 75% of PY 2016 youth funds on OSY.

While final WIOA regulations will not be published until 2016, the Employment and Training Administration has issued TEGL WIOA No. 23-14 to assist local WIBs to prepare for implementing WIOA Youth Programs July 1, 2015.  

WIOA eliminates the requirement for local WIBs to establish a Youth Council. However, local WIBs are encouraged to establish a standing committee to provide planning, operational and other services for both OSY and ISY. WIOA has 14 program elements (which include the consolidation of the 10 original WIA elements). Five of the new elements are: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local areas; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Additional activities may include: paid and unpaid work experience; leadership development; supportive services; and adult mentoring and guidance.

Work experience is a critical component of WIOA. 20% of OSY funds must be used for work experience. It is important to note that program expenditures can include wages as well as staffing costs for the development and management of work experiences.

ISY must be attending school, not younger than 14 or older then 21, low income, and have one or more of a list of barriers:

  • Basic skills deficient
  • An English language learner
  • An offender
  • A homeless youth or runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • A disability
  • Requires assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

Local WIBs are encouraged to work with local schools to coordinate services in areas such as career preparation, career awareness, employer presentations and employer visits.

WIOA –Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14

Monday March 2nd, 2015 at 9:10am

Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI


On February 19, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Advisory System issued an Advisory: Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 19-14 (TEGL), the vision for the workforce system and initial implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

TEGL No. 19-14 lays out the vision of how the workforce development system will be transformed as a result of implementation of the WIOA. The notice provides a summary of the vision, goals and objective of the Act. It also provides an overview of the upcoming guidance and technical assistance to be issued in the near future (Spring 2015).  Although guidance, rules and regulations have not yet been released, the key message of this notice is the feds are strongly encouraging states and local workforce investment boards to take action and begin planning and implementing WIOA transition activities now!

TEGL No. 19-14 recommends that local workforce investment boards, leaders and partners begin to start moving forward to full implementation of the law. Local areas are encouraged to assess their own situations and requirements to determine what steps they need to take to support the transition. These can include but are not limited to:

Identify and allocate funding for transition activities 

Per TEGL 12-14, States and Local Workforce Investment Boards may use up to two percent of the WIA’s Fiscal Year 2014 funds for WIOA Transitional Activities.

Build new, and strengthen existing partnerships 

States and local areas should enhance and coordinate partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies to strengthen service delivery.

Develop transition plan

States and local areas should start developing transition plans and an implementation process which can be used to guide the implementation of WIOA.

Prepare for fiscal and program changes for transition across legislation

TEGL15-14 was issued on December 19, 2014. Management and fiscal staff must become familiar the requirements of this TEGL and its impact on the state system and the transition from WIA to WIOA.

Assess state laws

It is recommended that states review existing legislation and identify areas that are in conflict with WIOA and develop plans to resolve these conflicts.

Review Eligible Training Provider processes

Review Eligible Training Provider Lists processes and assess how they will need to be updated to meet new eligibility criteria.

Ensure new or existing youth service contractors support 75% out-of-school youth and 20% work experience expenditure rate requirements

Reassess One-Stop delivery system

Local areas and WIOA partners should start to reassess the One-Stop delivery system and what is needed to achieve seamless service delivery models that place the “Customer” at the center of program design and delivery.

Develop plans to ensure workforce investment boards become WIOA compliant

Chief elected officers should review the new requirements to reconstitute and certify boards.

Many of the provisions of the law go into effect July1, 2015. However, states and local areas need to start the planning and implementation process now to ensure success.

We know there is certainly a lot to digest with WIOA implementation. If you would like to learn more, or if we can help you in any way, please contact me at tkaufman@edsisoluions.com.

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