Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) assists people with job search coaching, employment skills, and training needed to be successful in today’s workforce.
IowaWORKS member may first access self-directed, Core Services. These include:
- Job search assistance
- Resume Development
- Job seeking skills workshops
- Upgrade basic computer skills
- Exploration of labor market information
- Initial career interest assessment
If employment is not achieved after use of Core Services, a member may seek WIA Intensive Services. In addition to meeting Adult or Dislocated Worker eligibility, other criteria includes but is not limited to : eighteen years of age or older, meet citizenship and Select Service requirements, and reside in IowaWORKS-North Iowa seven county region.
AccessingWIA services starts with an application and attending a one-hour introduction to WIA session that will outline eligibility and program requirements.
WIA Intensive Services may include:
- Comprehensive assessment of work history, interests, skills and aptitudes
- Development of an individual employment plan
- Job search strategy coaching
- Essential workplace skills training
- Work experience intership
- Short-term occupational skills classes
WIA Training services may be available to WIA participants who do not find self-sustaining employment after receiving Core and Intensive Services. Progression through Core and Intensive Services and enrollment into WIA Training Services needs to occur prior to starting a training program.
WIA Training Services may include:
- On-the-job training
- Adult education and literacy programs (GED)
- Post high school education which must:
- Lead to a recognized certification, diploma, or degree and be completed within two years of starting the program
- Lead to an occupation with positive employment projections and self-sustaining wage
- be on WIA’s approved training provider and program list
WIA Support Services
WIA may provide other services that help support successful completion of Intensive or Training Services.
- Transportation Reimbursement
- Work-required Uniforms or Tools
- Occupational Licenses
WIA assistance is dependent on eligibility, available funding, and funding limits.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
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