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California Training: What you need to know

The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) restructures the many workforce development programs into an integrated work training and education system. The Act requires statewide and local partnerships to develop their own state strategy for a comprehensive state workforce investment system, with funds distributed to each state. The Act calls for each state to establish its own work training program. At the local level, the partnership consists of chief elected officials and local boards. WIA replaces the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). Additional information on the federal WIA is available.
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The general purpose of the state's employment training program is to maintain and improve the skills of the workforce and to meet the skill needs of California employers through coordination of state and federal training programs.
California has implemented a comprehensive workforce investment system tailored to meet particular needs of local and regional labor. The system provides universal access to already skilled workers, as well as those wanting to upgrade their skills and education.
Benefits of WIA. California workforce investment initiatives offer a variety of benefits. Jobseekers benefit from job search information, career counseling, development of employment plans, prevocational services, case management, skills assessment, education, training, and follow-up services; while employers benefit from the increased pool of trained jobseekers, applicant screening, customized training, job placement assistance, training subsidies, and assistance for laid-off employees. The community as a whole benefits from the decreased need for welfare.
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