Provides a summary of important provisions in the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act and explains why change is needed for low-income youth and adult populations.

“This summary of key provisions focuses on opportunities to improve services in select WIOA core programs: Title I, the primary source of federal workforce development funding to prepare low-income adults, youth, and dislocated workers for employment and to help them continue to build skills once they are employed; and Title II, the main source of federal adult education and literacy funding, including English language services. Though they are critical components of the workforce development system, this summary does not address reforms to Title I –General Workforce Provisions (including Jobs Corps and National Programs), Title III –Wagner-Peyser, or Title IV –Vocational Rehabilitation” (p. 3). This report also provides a summarized chart of new WIOA provisions “that create opportunities for success for low income workers” (p. 4-5). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Key Provisions that Create Opportunities for Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Workers” (p. 8). • “Increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workers – low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience, and face other barriers to economic success” (p. 8). • “Expands education and training options to help participants access good jobs and advance in their careers” (p. 10). • “Helps disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth earn while they learn through support services and effective employment-based activities” (p. 12). • “Aligns planning and accountability policies across core programs to support more unified approaches for serving low-income, low-skilled individuals” (p. 14). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)