WIOA Corner: Training under Title I


Training is an important tool in the workforce system to better connect jobseeker and businesses, grow the available workforce, and increase self-sufficiency. Local areas are often strapped for training funds, so while WIOA allows for a wide range of training possibilities, local areas and Board will have to make policies and decisions around what is funded and why, and how it helps the local area achieve its local plan.

What kinds of training can be made available under WIOA Title I (§ 680.200)?

Who is eligible to receive training services? WIOA sec. 134 (c)(3)(A)

  1. Occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment

  2. On-the-job training

  3. Incumbent worker training

  4. Programs that combine workplace training with related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs

  5. Training programs operated by the private sector

  6. Skills upgrading and retraining

  7. Entrepreneurial training

  8. Transitional jobs

  9. Job readiness training provided in combination with services listed in paragraphs (a) through (h) of this section

  10. Adult education and literacy activities, including activities of English language acquisition and integrated education and training programs, provided concurrently or in combination with training services listed in paragraphs (a) through (g) of this section

  11. Customized training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training

Training services may be made available to employed and unemployed adults and dislocated workers who: A one-stop center or one-stop partner determines, after an interview, evaluation, or assessment, and career planning, are:

  • Unlikely or unable to obtain or retain employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to or higher than wages from previous employment through career services;

  • In need of training services to obtain or retain employment leading to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to or higher than wages from previous employment; and

  • Have the skills and qualifications to participate successfully in training services;

  • Select a program of training services that is directly linked to the employment opportunities in the local area or the planning region, or in another area to which the individuals are willing to commute or relocate;

  • Are unable to obtain grant assistance from other sources to pay the costs of such training, including such sources as State-funded training funds, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and Federal Pell Grants established under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or require WIOA assistance in addition to other sources of grant assistance

§ 680.350 May title I adult and dislocated worker funds be used to directly support adult education and literacy activities?

Yes, under WIOA sec. 134(c)(3)(D)(x), title I funds may provide adult education and literacy activities if they are provided concurrently or in combination with one or more of the following training services:

  1. Occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment;

  2. OJT;

  3. Incumbent worker training

  4. Programs that combined workplace training and related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs

  5. Training programs operated by the private sector

  6. Skill upgrading and retraining

  7. Entrepreneurial training


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