DISLOCATED WORKERS

ADULTS

YOUTH

WORKFIRST

OTHER PROJECTS

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ADULTS

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program provides workforce investment activities to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants 18 years of age or older. The program increases occupational skill attainment by participants, which improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the economy.

WIOA authorizes Adult Grant Funds to:

  • Enhance the regions one-stop delivery system (WorkSource).
  • Provide a range of Basic Career, Individualized Career, and Follow-Up Services to participants 18 years of age or older
    • Basic Services are basic information about our programs and other government programs made available for job seekers.
    • Individualized Services are services such as career planning, individualized assessment, workforce preparation activities, work experiences, and short-term pre-vocational training to assist in obtaining or retaining employment.
    • Follow-Up services must provide employment support for 12 months after participant's first day of employment
  • Develop, convene, and implement Industry or Sector partnerships.

Additional Services

For additional information on the WIOA adult program, please contact:
People For People or WorkSource Washington

DISLOCATED WORKERS

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker program provides job driven employment, education, training, and support services to workers who are unemployed and have lost a job through no fault of their own. The primary outcome for the program is to return dislocated workers to quality employment and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in our global economy.

WIOA authorizes Dislocated Worker Grant Funds to:

  • Enhance the region's one-stop delivery system (WorkSource);
  • Provide a range of Basic Career and Individualized Career Services to dislocated workers;
  • Provide training services including occupational skill training, on-the-job training, customized training, self-employment training and incumbent worker training;
  • Provide Rapid Response to companies and workers facing layoffs to connect impacted workers with WorkSource services;
  • Develop, convene, and implement Industry or Sector partnerships.

Additional Services

For additional information on the WIOA Dislocated Worker program, please contact:

People For People or WorkSource Washington

YOUTH

Youth Program - Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program provides workforce investment activities that ensure the needs of young people are met. The target population of WIOA Youth include both in-school and out-of-school, so services provided reflect the priorities of each of these unique populations.

In-school priorities include comprehensive and integrated services that promote enhanced academic achievement; successful graduation; awareness of post-secondary and technical education; work readiness; and connections to the world of work. The focus is on dropout prevention, preparation for post-secondary college or technical schools; and assistance with work related goals. These priority services are delivered in partnership with the school system in which the youth is enrolled.

Out-of-school priorities for younger youth (age 16-18) include returning the youth to school for secondary education completion, awareness of post-secondary and technical education, work readiness, and connections to the world of work. For those who are 19-21 years of age, primary emphasis is on completing their secondary-education and on building connections to advance training and/or post-secondary education tied to the completion of a WIOA approved credential. For out-of-school youth, a plan of financial self-sufficiency is the backbone of the service strategy.

Services

The South Central Workforce Council has adopted a set of three Youth Skill Attainments. The three skill attainments are basic skills, work readiness skills and occupational skills.

  • Basic Skills are those skills that result in the achievement of basic education skill levels necessary for entry into the labor market.
  • Work Readiness Skills are broken down into two categories - career development and work ethic skills.
    • Career development skills help participants choose a career, search for and obtain employment.
    • Work ethic skills create and understanding of and the ability to respond to the basic requirements of the work environment
  • Occupational skills training will prepare participants to meet the entry level or specific skills relative to their possible occupational goals

The program also provides opportunities for classroom training, on-the-job training, worksite training, and support services in order to enhance the youth's employability and opportunities for post-program participation.

Additional Information

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COMMERCE WORKFIRST

WorkFirst Programs

The WorkFirst Program is Washington State's welfare-to-work strategy. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today's workforce with work as the foundation building block to assist families to get off welfare. Washington initiated the WorkFirst Program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing employment services, training, child care, and other support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job, and move up a career ladder.

The Community Jobs program, funded through Washington State Department of Commerce, continue to be a WorkFirst activity that assists participants who have multiple barriers to employment. Since 1998, Community Jobs has provided valuable work experience, increased self-confidence, marketable skills, and an avenue to permanent, unsubsidized employment. THese participants are provided 20 hours per week of paid work experience, education/training to improve employability, and services to manage/remove barriers to employment.

The South Central Workforce Council and its subcontractors provide WorkFirst parents opportunities to gain job skills and experience through a variety of work readiness programs.

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OTHER PROJECTS

The Workforce Council manages other employment and training projects from time to time, of various lengths and sizes. The list below represents several of the projects currently in place:

  • Rapid Response Increased Employment
  • Upskill/Backfill Initiative
  • Career Connected Learning
  • Youth DVR
  • Opportunity Mentorship