The Workforce Innovation and 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. It is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.
New Jersey's key goals for WIOA:
WIOA makes it easier for the public workforce system to help workers acquire the skills employers need and help employers access the talent pool they need to compete and win in a global economy. The new legislative provisions are designed to help workers, including those with barriers to employment, access employment, education, job-driven training and support services; enhance program coordination, streamline service delivery and increase flexibility for governance; improve services to employers; and align programs across common goals and increase accountability and transparency. WIOA provisions also emphasize quality training that leads to credentials, regional planning and service coordination and implementation of targeted sector-based strategies and career pathways.