Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of July 2014 replaces the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. WIOA provides the opportunity for the public workforce system to change and improve life for job seekers and workers, through the American Job Center (AJC) system. The new WIOA will allow job seekers and their many, varied talents to connect with businesses in need of those talents.
WIOA will especially concentrate on aligning the workforce training with the skills needed for employment possibilities. Trained workers will be matched with employers in need of their skills. WIOA also promotes work-based training and has on-the-job training reimbursement rates up to 75%. It is also a goal for this training to provide the participant with a certificate or credentials that the job industry will accept as proof of a qualified worker. Both job seekers and employers will benefit from this coordinated effort that exhibits “supply” (job seekers) and “demand” (employers).
WIOA streamlines programs and improves services to job seekers and employers. It establishes a single State Unified Strategic Plan and a common performance accountability system for the core programs. WIOA also merges the WIA core and intensive services into a single new category of career services.
WIOA states that no “sequence of service” is required before enrollment in training and makes more comprehensive services readily available.
This system is intended to make it easier for individuals to access the tools and get the training they need to manage their careers. The system is also intended to help companies find the skilled workers they need to manage, compete, and succeed in today’s business world.
WorkForce System Report
WorkForce West Virginia's partnerships have allowed the State to take full advantage of WorkForce Investment Act funding to build a strong workforce, as illustrated in the WorkForce System Report.
Agricultural Services Plans
The Agricultural Services Plan sets policies, and objectives in providing WPA services to the agricultural community, specifically Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs). The EDD-WSB provides these services through the One-Stop system ensuring that MSFWs receive the full range of employment, training, and educational services on a basis that is qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate to services provided to non-MSFWs.
Plans present the following information:
- Assessment of need: A review of the previous year’s agricultural, MSFW activity in the state, and projected levels of agricultural and MSFW activity in the coming year.
- Outreach activities: A review of the resources available for MSFW outreach and description of outreach efforts to be provided to MSFWs.
- Services provided to MSFWs through the One-Stop system: A description of ways the state will ensure that MSFWs have equal access to employment opportunities.
- Services provided to agricultural employers through the One-Stop system: A description of how the state will promote and provide labor exchange services and identify agricultural employers expected to employ MSFWs.