WIOA - IS YOUR LOCAL AREA READY?

Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist ·

WIOA requires that federal agencies, states and local WIBs with employment and training programs develop job-driven training services to ensure that employers and jobseekers know what to expect when they participate in a training program. The services must include the following:

ENGAGING EMPLOYERS – Work upfront with employers to determine local hiring needs and design training programs that are responsive to those needs

EARN AND LEARN – Offer work-based learning opportunities with employers – On-the-Job Training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships – as training paths to employment

SMART CHOICES – Make better use of data to drive accountability, describe what programs are offered and what is taught, and offer user-friendly information for jobseekers to choose programs and pathways that work for them

MEASURING MATTERS – Measure and evaluate employment and earnings outcomes

STEPPING STONES – Promote a seamless progression from one educational stepping stone to another, and across work-based training and education, so all efforts result in progress

OPENING DOORS – Break down barriers to accessing job-driven training and hiring for any American who is willing to work, including access to supportive services and relevant guidance

REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS – Coordinate activities between American Job Centers, local employers, education and training providers, economic development agencies, and other public and private entities, to make the most of limited resources

We can help!

EDSI understands WIOA implementation requirements and the impact they will have on the local WIB operations and service activities. We have been at the forefront of aligning service integration and building partnerships with states, community-based organizations, education, business and economic development organizations, and industry partnerships, which provides a strong foundation for implementation of WIOA. We look forward to sharing our experience and services, and see numerous opportunities to assist you in implementing WIOA. These opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing integrated services at the One-Stop Centers and Access Points
  • Aligning programs and ensuring that customers have access to quality services and can make smarter choices
  • Expanding industry partnerships by working with employers, training providers, community-based organizations and economic development organizations to promote OJTs, incumbent worker training opportunities, internships and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Working with employers to determine their hiring needs by using tools such as Skilldex JTAs, which identify the skill set requirements of the job. Skilldex is EDSI’s task-based software and methodology utilized for job matching and measuring skill acquisition
  • Using Skilldex JTAs to identify and refer jobseekers who meet the skill requirements of the job
  • Promoting work-based learning opportunities with employers. We are experienced in managing and promoting OJTs, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeship programs in multiple states
  • Reviewing training programs to ensure they are responsive to employer needs

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