Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Services (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
WIOA provides employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. WIOA increases the quality and accessibility of services that job seekers and employers receive at their local SC Works Centers. WIOA also helps job seekers acquire industry-recognized credentials for in-demand jobs.
WIOA allows for supportive services to be provided to customers who participate in training and employment activities. These services include transportation, childcare, dependent care, housing, and needs-related payments. Supportive Services are utilized as a resource to help eliminate barrier to training and employment.
Incumbent Worker Training:
The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) helps employers stay on the cutting edge and increase productivity and quality by providing employees with needed training in order for the business to remain competitive. IWT Program provides funding to help cover the costs of training needed to retain a competitive workforce. Such training is meant to assist with expansion, new technology, retooling, new services/product lines, and/or new organizational structuring, or to be used as part of a layoff aversion strategy.
Types of Training Available:
A variety of occupational skills training is made available to customers who require skills upgrading or new skills. These training opportunities are provided through the use of WIOA Training Providers that qualify for the Eligible Training Providers List. These training programs include, but are not limited to: Associates Degrees in General Technology and Nursing, Commercial Driver’s License, Clinical Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician,
Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, EKG & Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Welder and other approved areas of training. OJT and Work Experience opportunities also enable participants to gain hands-on experience in various fields.
Types of Certificates:
WIOA participants have the opportunity to achieve a range of attainable certificates, to include basic skills training; in which they can earn a high school diploma or GED, or strengthen their basic math, English, or reading skills. They also have the resources available to them to attain occupational/vocational training for skills that are needed in high-demand jobs in the region such as, auto body repair, certified logistics technician, certified nursing assistant (CNA), clinical medical assistant (CMA), emergency medical technician (EMT), forklift, heavy equipment operator, truck driver (CDL), EKG technician, general construction, machine tool, manufacturing (production) technician, medical administrative assistant (CMAA), patient care technician, pharmacy technician, welding and many other training programs that fall under the advanced manufacturing, logistics/transportation and healthcare sectors.
Measurable Skills Gain (MSG):
The purpose of the MSG indicator is to track and measure important progressions and achievements made by WIOA clients through pathways and towards various goals of their individual programs. MSGs can be obtained from completing an occupational skills training program or from attaining a level of basic skills achievement (i.e. increased math and reading levels, earning a high school diploma or GED).
Services Provided to Job Seekers:
Through the SC Works centers, all partners collaborate to leverage the state’s workforce system by providing services such as career guidance, free job search through our SC Works Online Services (SCWOS) system, resume creation and assistance, job referrals, testing and training to job seekers. Other job seeker services include free workshops, access to job fairs, information on training and education programs, and Labor Market Information to help look at employment trends and local workforce information.
The WIOA Title-I financially assisted program is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Speech and hearing impaired individuals may use the TTY Relay Service by dialing 711.
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