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Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Participants

The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

WIOA promotes employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states. WIOA also works with adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment.


Youth – Supports individuals between the ages of 14 and 24 with employment, training, skill building and taking additional first steps towards career goals.

Adult – A program for people 18 or older, based on income and public assistance eligibility to support people with reaching their career and training goals.

Dislocated Worker – A program for people 18 or older who have lost their jobs due to a plant closure or downsizing to support their training for a new career.


Employment – Intensive job search support, paid work experiences including internships, job shading and volunteer options.

Training – Includes classroom-based training programs, on-the-job training and support with obtaining a variety of certifications for in-demand occupations.

Work Readiness – Resumes, interview skills development and other personalized services.

Support Services – Coordination with partner agencies, and financial assistance to support employment and training success.

For more information on becoming a participant and program eligibility please contact your local Job Center for the next steps.