Presentation on theme: "Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Orientation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Orientation
2 Dislocated Worker Eligibility If you meet at least one of these eligibility criteria:You are laid off or have received official notice of layoff from your current job (through no fault of your own) and are unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation due to current economic conditionsYou are eligible for, receiving, or have exhausted your reemployment compensation benefitsYou are a displaced homemaker no longer supported by the income of another family member because of death or divorce and are unemployed or underemployedYou are a former contractor or self-employed individual who is unemployed due to current economic conditionsYou are non-retiree discharged recently from the armed forces under honorable conditions or an unemployed military spouse impacted by spouses active duty or discharge from active duty
3 Adult EligibilityIf you meet at least one of these eligibility criteria:You are receiving Food Stamps currently or within the last six monthsYou are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefitsYou can provide verification of household income for the last six months (definition of a household is anyone in the house related by blood, marriage or court degree)If you meet AT LEAST one of the eligibility criteria in the last twopages and can document that, please proceed to the next slide.Otherwise, we regret to inform you that you are ineligible for trainingassistance. Please exit this orientation. Career placement assistance isavailable at each of our Career Centers.
4 What is WIA?The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federally funded program designed to assist participants with finding and retaining employment and to help employers find qualified workers.WIA is an EMPLOYMENT program not a TRAINING assistance programWIA was designed to provide a 3- tiered service delivery that offersservices at your level of need:Core ServicesIntensive ServicesTraining Services
5 Core ServicesCore Services are designed to assist you with putting your high-demand occupational skills to work. Core Services typically includes assistance with your resume, workshops related to specific job seeking skills and similar other immediate services. Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), it is expected that you will first make significant attempts to find employment using the tools, resources and equipment available in our Career Centers or through our website at or
6 Core Services (Cont’d) Services available to all adults 18 years of age or over:Job ListingsInformation About Education and Training Providers (approved educational institutions in our area that provide training for specific careers)Labor Market Information (including employment rates, current and projected wages for specific occupations)Office Support Products and Services (telephones, copiers, fax machines, printers, computers- enabling you to respond immediately to job leads)Assessment and Career Planning Tools
7 Career Preparation Workshops To equip you with tools, techniques and resources to effectively seek employment, several workshops are available in our Career Centers:Tech 101: Computer and Internet BasicsResume BasicsIntro to Optimal ResumeJob Search TechniquesPreparing for the InterviewParticipants must be fully registered online in Employ Florida (including Background Wizard and Resume Builder) as well as pre-registered for the workshops. To view workshop descriptions and prerequisites, please visit the online calendar on our website at:
8 Intensive ServicesIntensive Services are available to those people unable to currently obtain self-sufficient employment but could if some additional services were provided. For example, if you simply need a licensure or certification, intensive services may be the best route for you. Services include:Comprehensive AssessmentCareer CounselingReferral to TrainingReferral to Community Services
9 Training ServicesFor those who met Intensive Services Eligibility, but have been unable to find self-sufficient employment through those services, training services may be an option for you.On-the-Job TrainingOccupational Skills Training
10 On-the-Job TrainingCareerSource Suncoast offers On-the-Job Training (OJT) as a service to career seekers and employers to help fill open positions. Rather than school-based training, OJT allows employers to hire career seekers and use their own staff to train new employees on needed skills to do the job. To find employers open to OJT, click On the Job Training in the Preferred Job Order Criteria when doing an Advanced Job Search inBenefit to Career SeekerBenefit to EmployerAssistance in finding open positionsAssistance finding quality candidates for openingsTraining on the job to learn needed skills while earning pay as a full-time employeeCustomized training plan suited for prospective employee
11 Occupational Skills Training Occupational Skills Training services are available to those people seeking assistance who cannot obtain self-sufficient employment with their current level of skills and need a full training program in order to obtain marketable skills.Individual Training Accounts are established to finance training based upon the individuals choice of a selected Targeted Occupations training program.Since WIA is not an entitlement program, selection of participants takes into consideration many factors. These factors include but are not limited to the following:Qualifying for the WIA ProgramThe potential to succeed in trainingThe likelihood of becoming employed upon completionFinancial stability
12 Occupational Skills Training (Cont’d) Eligible and suitable participants are offered assistance in upgrading or redirecting vocational skills in order to be competitive in the labor marketWIA only pays for books/tuition/fees and supplies that are required for your individual training programPlease evaluate your finances, including mortgage/rent, utilities, transportation costs, food and all other expenses prior to applying for the WIA programYou must be able to demonstrate that, based on household income, you can sufficiently meet your living expenses and any additional costs associated with training, which WIA does not cover, in order to be successful in training
13 Training AssessmentIf it is determined that you will need additional training in order to obtain self-sufficient employment that will support your family, our staff will work with you to develop the best course of actionThe process will involve assessing your skills, abilities, potential training completion barriers, and financial planning and budgeting. We have many resources including testing to determine your aptitudes, career exploration and tools to define your current financial ability to complete training at this time. Some of these activities will require appointments and it is very important that you keep those appointments
14 Targeted Occupations & Approved Training Vendor List To see our list of Targeted Occupations and Approved Training Vendors, please click the following link and select the links provided.Targeted Occupations , click on review, research, and determine which occupation you are interested in pursuing (we also recommend job searching for your selected occupation to determine openings, education and experience requirements for entry)Eligible Training Vendor Provider List , click on review, research and determine which approved training vendor(s) and program(s)you may be interested in pursuing (this list will be available after July 1, 2014)
15 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Targeted Occupation What wages can you realistically expect in this profession (entry, with some experience and forward)?What are the growth expectations?Utilize Labor Market InformationAre additional certifications required for employment in this field?What is the availability of jobs in the area you are willing to work?
16 WIA EligibilityIf it’s determined that you are currently eligible to enroll and successfully complete a WIA Occupational Skills Training (OST) program, then it is highly recommended that you visit any school you plan to attend prior to enrolling in their program. You will be contacted for an appointment to discuss your eligibility, suitability and funding available to you. -- Please note that, under federal guidance, CareerSource Suncoast cannot and will not reimburse expenses incurred prior to your eligibility and enrollment date in the WIA program. -- Therefore, we strongly encourage you to seek other funding if you find it necessary to enroll in a training program prior to having an enrollment interview with a staff member.
17 Selecting a Training Vendor In order to make an informed choice about a particular training vendor, complete the following:Physically visit the training facilities of your choiceSpeak with current studentsSpeak with instructorsAsk to sit in a classAsk questions that may be important to you:Are they accredited? By whom?Do they accept the Pell Grant?What is the cost of your program compared to others?What is their completion rates for the program?Does the training facility offer job placement assistance - what is their success rate in your specific field?When you are sure that this is the right training facility for you:Apply for admissionTake any admissions tests/assessments requiredRemember: WIA does not pay for school entrance tests, background checks for entry, fees or assessments.
18 Please Note…WIA funded training is through approved training facilities only. The training must be sufficient to qualify you for employment in your desired field upon completion of training.Important information to know before enrolling into your training program:Whether fees for required certifications are covered expensesIf you are able to attend classes on the days and times requiredHow long will the training last – from start to finishTotal cost of training- tuition, books, suppliesFinancial Aid- Pell grant apply at (NOTE: applying for Pell is mandatory for all programs over 600 hours)
19 What Does the WIA Program Require from You? Attend a full-time program onlyMaintain a minimum of “C” or required satisfactory grade levelAttend classes regularlyContact with your career counselor monthlyProvide a copy of grades at the end of each training periodUpdated Pell information as necessaryComplete your training, as well as any required test for licensing and/or certifications within the original agreed to timeframeCopy of your certificate or diplomaGet a job in the field/occupation you trained forCheck in every three months for a year after you have found employment to verify your continued employmentNotify your career counselor promptly of changes in your address, phone number, , or personal situation which might affect your ability to complete your training and employment goals
20 R E M E M B E R …Do not attend classes that you expect to be paid for by WIA funding until your individual training plan is completed, signed by you and your career counselor, and you have received written authorization that your funding has been approvedPre-requisite courses are not paid by WIAPayment for training is by a voucher only to approved training facilitiesIt is best not to sign loan application or contracts until you have consulted with your career counselor
21 Potential Barriers to Training & Employment Do you have any needs in the following areas that would prohibit completion of your training program and/or ability to obtain and retain employment?-Child Care Transportation-Medical Conditions -Housing/Shelter-Pending Court Dates -Background/Criminal HistoryIt is required that you address any issue that could potentially prohibit you from completing your training program and securing employment.If you answered yes to any of the questions above…Please do not enroll into any training program without first discussing it with yourcareer counselor. We are here to help you succeed both in your training and yourfuture employment!
22 Create an Email Account There are many websites that offer FREE accounts (yahoo.com, google.com, and MSN.com). In order to efficiently communicate with potential employers, school and WIA staff, we strongly encourage you to establish an account. If you need assistance, the staff in the resource room will gladly help you create an account.
23 In SummaryWIA is an employment program, NOT a training assistance programNot every applicant may be eligible to receive WIA training fundingWIA only pays for books/tuition/fees and supplies that are required for your training programNext Steps:Register on employflorida.comUpload your resume or use the “Resume Builder” in Employ Florida to create oneCreate an accountComplete the WIA Application on-line
24 Youth ServicesFor individuals who are between the ages of 18-21, CareerSource Suncoast provides specialized Youth Services.You must be:Income eligibleMeet WIA youth criteriaMeet with a WIA youth counselorClick here for more information
25 Other WebsitesPlease review the following websites for other funding opportunities:
26 Disability?If you have a disability which prohibits you from returning to work, you may be eligible for other services Please contact Vocational Rehabilitation in your area: Bradenton Sarasota Venice
27 Questions?Please feel free to contact CareerSource Suncoast at: WIA is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request by individuals with disabilities via the Florida Relay System at 711.