Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)
is designed to provide an efficient, effective and convenient system for job
seekers to find jobs, employers to locate new workers, and for both to have
access to information to assist them in developing career and business
Some key principles behind this
legislation – which went into effect in Iowa on July 1, 2000, and replaced
the former Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) – include:
Streamlining services through a
one-stop local delivery system. Customers can go one place to get
answers to their questions.
Empowering customers to obtain
services needed to enhance their employment opportunities.
Improving youth programs through
academic and occupational learning.
Some of the core WIA services include
help in résumé development, job-hunting skills, filing unemployment
insurance claims, and finding out how to get information about employment
training programs’ cost and performance.
Intensive WIA services are available for persons who remain unemployed or
underemployed after using some or all of the core services listed above.
Examples of such services include individual career counseling, job-seeking
skills classes, skills assessment, and job development assistance.
Persons who do not become self-sufficient after using intensive services may
qualify for training funds and services through the
Workforce Development Center system partners. These partners are
required to provide access to training programs for adults, youth and
dislocated workers; services and information, such as employment programs,
unemployment claims, and services to veterans, long-term welfare recipients,
older workers, the disabled, and persons in need of adult education and
Click Here for a list of WIA approved training providers. To
access local Job Training Partners,