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Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program that establishes the Workforce Development System and provides funding to support training and employment services for adults, dislocated workers, and low-income, out-of-school youth.

The Workforce Development System is made up of a statewide Governor’s Workforce Development Council, a single statewide planning region, and numerous state and local employment and training organizations that work in partnership to bring services to Idaho students, job seekers, and employers.

Customers can access the full range of WIOA services through the American Job Centers located in each of the six geographic regions of the state.

Adults & Dislocated Workers

Adults & Dislocated Workers

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federally funded program designed to increase the employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skills attainment of the adults and dislocated workers in Idaho who qualify for services.

PROGRAM SERVICES

Participants may receive help through job referrals and labor market information. Job training opportunities are also available for individuals who are in special need of such training to obtain in-demand, self-sustaining employment.

The WIOA program provides two levels of service. Based upon the needs of the individual to obtain or retain employment for self-sufficiency, a customer may receive all or part of the services identified below. Most participants start by receiving basic and individualized career services and then, if needed, receive training services.

Program services include but are not limited to:

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Career Services: Basic
  • WIOA services orientation
  • Initial assessment of an individual’s needs and abilities
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Labor market information and statistics
  • Assistance in establishing eligibility for other federal, state, or local programs
  • Follow-up services to help individuals obtain or maintain employment
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Career Services: Individualized
  • Skills assessments
  • Career planning
  • Out of area job search assistance
  • Basic skills training such as GED, language, math, or computer skills
  • Relocation assistance
  • Work experience
  • Internship assignments
  • Development of individual employment plan to determine needs and goals of successful employment
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Training Services
  • Occupational skills training
  • On-the-job training
  • Customized training
  • Pre-apprenticeship
  • Registered apprenticeship
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Skill upgrading and retraining

Adult Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services:

  • Be 18 years of age or older; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed.

Note: Priority for adult intensive and training services will be given to applicants from low-income households and low-income adults who are basic skills deficient.

DISLOCATED WORKERS

Dislocated workers must meet the requirements cited above and one of the following:

  • Unemployed due to a plant closure within the last 3 years (includes pending closures)
  • Unemployed due to a lay off within the past 3 years or received a notice of layoff, and is unlikely to return to their previous occupation,
  • Self-employed but employer has failed,
  • Displaced homemaker

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIOA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, layoff notice, etc.

CONTACT

To apply or for more information contact an American Job Center in your area. Additional resources are available at:

Youth

Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success. Services are designed to meet the needs of out-of-school youth.

PROGRAM SERVICES

The WIOA youth program provides education, training, and employment opportunities for out-of-school youth. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and may include:

Youth Services

  • Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including a recognized certificate of attendance or similar document for individuals with disabilities) or for a recognized postsecondary credential
  • Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences that have as a component academic and occupational education, which may include:
    • Summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs
    • Internships and job shadowing
    • On-the-job training opportunities
  • Occupational skill training, which may include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation
  • Leadership development opportunities 
  • Supportive services 
  • Adult mentoring 
  • Follow-up services 
  • Guidance and counseling 
  • Financial literacy education 
  • Entrepreneurial skills training 
  • Labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations 
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition for postsecondary education and training

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services: 

  • 14 through 24 years of age; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed; and
  • Meet low-income requirements (with limited exceptions); and
  • Need assistance as demonstrated by one of six factors

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIOA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, pay stubs, etc.

CONTACT

To apply or for more information, contact an American Job Center in your area.

Employer Services

Employer Services

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was designed to assist employers in finding skilled workers and to enhance access to other important workforce services. The act creates opportunities for employers to participate in training eligible youth and adults and provide connections to those who have received training from approved education and training providers.

Trained Workers

Several hundred individuals receive training each year under WIOA to prepare them for occupations in their community. Most of this training takes place at Idaho’s public and private training institutions, and provides specific occupational skills to these individuals. Many of these trainees earn recognized credentials in their occupation, and have also gained skills in workplace competencies and computer literacy. Let us know of your needs.

On-the-Job Training

Employers can receive a reimbursement of up to 50% of a trainee’s wages when they agree to hire and train an eligible worker. Trainees are often new entrants or those seeking new skills in order to become re-employed after a lay-off. Under certain conditions, employed workers whose wages are low may be eligible to participate. The complexity of the job and the skills of the worker determine the length of the training period. Trained staff offer assistance by referring appropriate individuals to the training opportunity, helping design the training plan, and providing on-going support during the training period and the year following.

Customized Training

Training can be designed to meet the special needs of an employer or group of employers that agree to hire or retain a worker upon successful completion of training and pay at least 50% of the cost of training. Employed workers who are not earning a self-sufficient wage may also be eligible to participate when the worker and the job meet specific conditions. The training may include occupational skill training as well as training in computer and workplace literacy, and as the name implies, will be customized to meet the needs of the participating employers.

Internships/Work Experiences

Employers can partner in improving the skills of the workforce by offering short-term work assignments, job shadowing or internships. These opportunities are designed to build work maturity skills and orient individuals to a specific occupation to assist them in determining a career choice. Although the opportunities are designed to improve individual skills, the employer can use the opportunity to attract new or returning entrants to the labor market to careers in their field.

Layoff Assistance

Retraining opportunities and job placement assistance, tailored to the needs of the employer and the laid-off employees are available. The Department of Labor maintains a “rapid response” unit to help employers successfully manage a large layoff or plant closure by working with management and labor to arrange appropriate retraining and re-employment services. If you are anticipating a major disruption for your workforce, contact the team early for confidential assistance. Contact Rico Barrera at 208-332-3570 ext. 3316 or ricardo.barrera@labor.idaho.gov to learn more.

Limited Benefits

Limited financial assistance can be made available to individuals who participate in program services. Short-term assistance with transportation or child care, tools, equipment, uniforms and other benefits may be available to assist individuals when necessary.

To learn more, contact your nearest American Job Center, Job Service Career Connection, or WIOA service provider.

Eligible Training Providers

Eligible Training Providers

Employer Services The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to approve training providers before funds can be used to pay for occupational training. Inclusion of training programs on the state eligible training provider list is in no way an endorsement by the Idaho Department of Labor or the Idaho

Workforce Development Council.
Programs in basic skill training, basic computer software training, training in quality practices and general preparatory services are exempt from these requirements. WIOA participants will be able to access these services in accordance with federal and state program guidelines. WIOA participants should work closely with their career planner in identifying appropriate training options and in selecting appropriate training programs.

List of WIOA Eligible Providers and Programs

Idaho’s Eligible Training Provider list can be found here.
Reciprocal agreements are available with the following states:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • Missouri
  • Utah

Other state’s eligible training provider lists can be found at careeronestop.org.

Provider Application and Policy

Existing WIOA eligible training providers are no longer eligible to provide services under WIOA after Dec. 31, 2015. All providers must submit a new application to continue as WIOA eligible training providers.

The following policies and procedures will be in effect from Oct. 20, 2015 until further notice.

  • WIOA Transition Application for Eligible Training Providers
  • WIOA Transition Eligible Training Provider Policy – (updated Jan. 13, 2016)
  • Letter of Intent for WIOA ETP Applicants
  • Letter of Intent – Addendum A
  • Idaho WIOA Program Upload Manual
  • Workforce Training Provider ID Template
  • Labor Exchange ID Template
  • Idaho WIOA Program Upload Template
  • WIOA ETP FAQ
  • Equal Opportunity Desk Audit for Entities Receiving WIOA Funds
  • Idaho Occupations in Demand – 2015

For more information, please submit your requests in writing to WIOAETP@labor.idaho.gov.

Adults & Dislocated Workers
Youth
Employer Services
Eligible Training Providers

Adults & Dislocated Workers

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federally funded program designed to increase the employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skills attainment of the adults and dislocated workers in Idaho who qualify for services.

PROGRAM SERVICES

Participants may receive help through job referrals and labor market information. Job training opportunities are also available for individuals who are in special need of such training to obtain in-demand, self-sustaining employment.

The WIOA program provides two levels of service. Based upon the needs of the individual to obtain or retain employment for self-sufficiency, a customer may receive all or part of the services identified below. Most participants start by receiving basic and individualized career services and then, if needed, receive training services.

Program services include but are not limited to:

CC_Hero_classroom_20220630_0644
Career Services: Basic
  • WIOA services orientation
  • Initial assessment of an individual’s needs and abilities
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Labor market information and statistics
  • Assistance in establishing eligibility for other federal, state, or local programs
  • Follow-up services to help individuals obtain or maintain employment
iStock-1039473610
Career Services: Individualized
  • Skills assessments
  • Career planning
  • Out of area job search assistance
  • Basic skills training such as GED, language, math, or computer skills
  • Relocation assistance
  • Work experience
  • Internship assignments
  • Development of individual employment plan to determine needs and goals of successful employment
190925_OSBE_CDA_648
Training Services
  • Occupational skills training
  • On-the-job training
  • Customized training
  • Pre-apprenticeship
  • Registered apprenticeship
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Skill upgrading and retraining

Adult Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services:

  • Be 18 years of age or older; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed.

Note: Priority for adult intensive and training services will be given to applicants from low-income households and low-income adults who are basic skills deficient.

DISLOCATED WORKERS

Dislocated workers must meet the requirements cited above and one of the following:

  • Unemployed due to a plant closure within the last 3 years (includes pending closures)
  • Unemployed due to a lay off within the past 3 years or received a notice of layoff, and is unlikely to return to their previous occupation,
  • Self-employed but employer has failed,
  • Displaced homemaker

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIOA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, layoff notice, etc.

CONTACT

To apply or for more information contact an American Job Center in your area. Additional resources are available at:

Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success. Services are designed to meet the needs of out-of-school youth.

PROGRAM SERVICES

The WIOA youth program provides education, training, and employment opportunities for out-of-school youth. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and may include:

Youth Services

  • Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including a recognized certificate of attendance or similar document for individuals with disabilities) or for a recognized postsecondary credential
  • Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences that have as a component academic and occupational education, which may include:
    • Summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs
    • Internships and job shadowing
    • On-the-job training opportunities
  • Occupational skill training, which may include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation
  • Leadership development opportunities 
  • Supportive services 
  • Adult mentoring 
  • Follow-up services 
  • Guidance and counseling 
  • Financial literacy education 
  • Entrepreneurial skills training 
  • Labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations 
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition for postsecondary education and training

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services: 

  • 14 through 24 years of age; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed; and
  • Meet low-income requirements (with limited exceptions); and
  • Need assistance as demonstrated by one of six factors

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIOA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, pay stubs, etc.

CONTACT

To apply or for more information, contact an American Job Center in your area.

Employer Services

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was designed to assist employers in finding skilled workers and to enhance access to other important workforce services. The act creates opportunities for employers to participate in training eligible youth and adults and provide connections to those who have received training from approved education and training providers.

Trained Workers

Several hundred individuals receive training each year under WIOA to prepare them for occupations in their community. Most of this training takes place at Idaho’s public and private training institutions, and provides specific occupational skills to these individuals. Many of these trainees earn recognized credentials in their occupation, and have also gained skills in workplace competencies and computer literacy. Let us know of your needs.

On-the-Job Training

Employers can receive a reimbursement of up to 50% of a trainee’s wages when they agree to hire and train an eligible worker. Trainees are often new entrants or those seeking new skills in order to become re-employed after a lay-off. Under certain conditions, employed workers whose wages are low may be eligible to participate. The complexity of the job and the skills of the worker determine the length of the training period. Trained staff offer assistance by referring appropriate individuals to the training opportunity, helping design the training plan, and providing on-going support during the training period and the year following.

Customized Training

Training can be designed to meet the special needs of an employer or group of employers that agree to hire or retain a worker upon successful completion of training and pay at least 50% of the cost of training. Employed workers who are not earning a self-sufficient wage may also be eligible to participate when the worker and the job meet specific conditions. The training may include occupational skill training as well as training in computer and workplace literacy, and as the name implies, will be customized to meet the needs of the participating employers.

Internships/Work Experiences

Employers can partner in improving the skills of the workforce by offering short-term work assignments, job shadowing or internships. These opportunities are designed to build work maturity skills and orient individuals to a specific occupation to assist them in determining a career choice. Although the opportunities are designed to improve individual skills, the employer can use the opportunity to attract new or returning entrants to the labor market to careers in their field.

Layoff Assistance

Retraining opportunities and job placement assistance, tailored to the needs of the employer and the laid-off employees are available. The Department of Labor maintains a “rapid response” unit to help employers successfully manage a large layoff or plant closure by working with management and labor to arrange appropriate retraining and re-employment services. If you are anticipating a major disruption for your workforce, contact the team early for confidential assistance. Contact Rico Barrera at 208-332-3570 ext. 3316 or ricardo.barrera@labor.idaho.gov to learn more.

Limited Benefits

Limited financial assistance can be made available to individuals who participate in program services. Short-term assistance with transportation or child care, tools, equipment, uniforms and other benefits may be available to assist individuals when necessary.

To learn more, contact your nearest American Job Center, Job Service Career Connection, or WIOA service provider.

Eligible Training Providers

Employer Services The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to approve training providers before funds can be used to pay for occupational training. Inclusion of training programs on the state eligible training provider list is in no way an endorsement by the Idaho Department of Labor or the Idaho

Workforce Development Council.
Programs in basic skill training, basic computer software training, training in quality practices and general preparatory services are exempt from these requirements. WIOA participants will be able to access these services in accordance with federal and state program guidelines. WIOA participants should work closely with their career planner in identifying appropriate training options and in selecting appropriate training programs.

List of WIOA Eligible Providers and Programs

Idaho’s Eligible Training Provider list can be found here.
Reciprocal agreements are available with the following states:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • Missouri
  • Utah

Other state’s eligible training provider lists can be found at careeronestop.org.

Provider Application and Policy

Existing WIOA eligible training providers are no longer eligible to provide services under WIOA after Dec. 31, 2015. All providers must submit a new application to continue as WIOA eligible training providers.

The following policies and procedures will be in effect from Oct. 20, 2015 until further notice.

  • WIOA Transition Application for Eligible Training Providers
  • WIOA Transition Eligible Training Provider Policy – (updated Jan. 13, 2016)
  • Letter of Intent for WIOA ETP Applicants
  • Letter of Intent – Addendum A
  • Idaho WIOA Program Upload Manual
  • Workforce Training Provider ID Template
  • Labor Exchange ID Template
  • Idaho WIOA Program Upload Template
  • WIOA ETP FAQ
  • Equal Opportunity Desk Audit for Entities Receiving WIOA Funds
  • Idaho Occupations in Demand – 2015

For more information, please submit your requests in writing to WIOAETP@labor.idaho.gov.