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WIOA Background

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: 

  • Reemployment: Reducing the amount of time that people are unemployed. Meeting jobseekers where they are.
  • Opportunity: Increasing the number of individuals who are on a path to economic opportunity. Equipping the workforce for employment.
  • Alignment: Increasing the number of individuals with an industry-valued post-secondary degree or credential. Driving investments based on industry needs.
  • Accountability: Increasing system accountability.

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.


U.S. Department of Labor WIOA Overview