CLASP Releases Summary of Key Opportunities in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On September 29, 2014 (EST)

The Center for Post-Secondary and Economic Success (CLASP) has released their review and summary of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA is the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs in the 16 years since passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). A lot has changed since 1998—and our workforce system hasn’t kept up. Low-skilled and low-income workers face more barriers than ever to securing an education and getting a good job. The new law recognizes the need for a new playbook and reauthorizes the nation’s employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs created under WIA. WIOA improves connections to employment and training opportunities that lead to economic prosperity for workers and their families.

The new law:
1. Increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers—low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience, and face other barriers to economic success;
2. Expands education and training options to help participants access good jobs and advance in their careers;
3. Helps disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth earn while they learn through support services and effective employment-based activities; and
4. Aligns planning and accountability policies across core programs to support more unified approaches to serving low-income, low-skilled individuals.

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