The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Obtaining And Using Your Benefits
According to its official website, the WorkforceInnovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is, “landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.”
For those who have already qualified for WIOA benefits or think they might qualify, the information that follows should be of significant interest. Our purpose today is to explain how WIOA benefits work, how to qualify for them and how to use them to obtain education and training from qualified providers like CALIMT.
Qualifying For WIOA Benefits
Anyone currently legally residing in the state of California can seek WIOA benefits if they meet certain specific criteria. Qualified recipients must be defined as one or more of the following:
#1: Individuals with Barriers to Employment
This group includes people who fall into one or more of these categories:
#2 In-Demand Workers
“In demand” refers in this context to specific occupations, industry clusters or sectors, or certain career pathways. Qualified WIOA recipients must meet at least one of the below criteria:
#3: Qualified for Pre-Apprenticeship Skills Training
In California, the pre-apprenticeship qualification process is defined as a state program or list of education and training strategies designed to prepare individuals for success in state-registered apprenticeship programs.
Pre-apprenticeship programs that are approved by the state must be able to show a strong and consistent record of enrolling pre-apprenticeship graduates in registered apprenticeship programs. This is just one of many reasons why you should choose CALIMT for training upon approval of WIOA.
Applicable Types of Training
The types of training programs under which WIOA benefits can be used include:
There are also a number of programs that are either exempt from the state's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) or fall under certain other policy provisions. Exceptions include all of the following:
State government also has the option of designating both exemptions and provisions that pertain to state-approved programs and can approve or exempt specific programs at their discretion.
CALIMT is an approved training provider on California's ETPL that is eligible to receive funding from WIOA. We have helped many students get the education and training they need via WIOA benefits through a range of vocational training programs including paralegal and hospitality training. We work closely with local, state, and federal agencies like One-Stop Career Centers and America's Job Centers to assist with job placement upon completion of the student's designated program.
Our knowledgable admissions advisors can help guide you through the entire process of arranging classes or training and making the bet possible use of your WIOA funds. We invite you to contact us at CALIMT today to learn more about our diversity of education and training programs, how to seek funding through the WIOA program, and get any other questions you might have answered.