What is WIOA?
WIOA stands for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA training funds are designed to serve dislocated workers, adults, and youth who are in need of training to enter or re-enter the labor market. It is one of the most comprehensive and important skills and workforce development bills and has bipartisan support in Congress.
It is a jobs program. WIOA provides training grants to aid workers get trained, certified, and placed in high demand fields such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management, and more. The idea is that there are careers in which there are not enough qualified workers and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this problem by providing funding for career training in fields that are in high demand in the local area to those who qualify for this grant. The certifications must be nationally recognized and in fields in high demand where there is a greater expectation of employability. This training is intended to make your skills more marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is covered, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $15,000 depending on where you live.
Here are some examples:
Hillsborough County – $7,500 for WIOA, but veterans can get $10,000 with their new Get There faster program
Pinellas County – $15,000
Pasco County – $6,000
Hernando County – $6,000
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of Federal investment in skill development: Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the U.S. WIOA grant amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 in some areas.