The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program provides workforce development activities designed to enhance the employability, occupational attainment, retention and earnings of adults, dislocated workers and youth. WIA improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the Texas economy.
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The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) supports a market-driven system through the provision of services targeted to meet employers’ needs and through services tailored for the unemployed, the underemployed, at-risk youth and those who have received a notice of termination, with special emphasis placed on the economically disadvantaged.
Rapid response activities are also provided as part of a comprehensive workforce development system designed to respond quickly to employer, worker, and community needs when a mass layoff or plant closure appears imminent.
Workforce Solutions offices provide employer services, including the following:
Workforce Solutions offices provide job seeker services, including the following:
Additionally, WIA provides year-round employment and training services for economically disadvantaged youth (ages 14–21) who establish and work toward educational and career goals. WIA youth programs are designed to provide youth with the following:
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) submits reports on WIA to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA). Performance reporting is provided through the Workforce Investment Streamlined Performance Reporting (WISPR) system. The WISPR specifications identify the specific data elements TWC must gather and provide to DOLETA.
TWC submits the following reports annually to DOLETA:
The Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) is Texas’ State Workforce Investment Board. TWC administers the WIA program in Texas.
Funding for WIA is provided through grants received from DOLETA.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220) and other state and federal laws and rules govern the WIA program, including:
Additional resources related to WIA.