The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) supersedes the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and encompasses such federal training acts as the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and others. WIA calls for a partnership of public agencies and private employers to plan and deliver training programs for unemployed workers, dislocated workers, or workers who have had previous difficulty getting or keeping work. The program gives each state three block grants targeting adult employment and training, disadvantaged youth employment and training, and adult education and family literacy programs.
Federal WIA funds are used in Colorado to support local workforce centers, which offer a variety of employment and training services to all employers and jobseekers. Additional information on the federal WIA is available.
The WIA requires that each state must establish a one-stop training system, with at least one center in each local area. Colorado has a number of workforce centers, offering such services as:
• Screening of skilled applicants
• Assistance with tax credits
• Internship and apprenticeship program management
• Information about employment-related laws
Employers that train workers through this system are eligible for grants, significant tax credits, and other benefits.
Colorado Customized Training Act. The purpose of the Colorado FIRST Job Training Program is to encourage quality economic development by providing training assistance as an incentive for the location of new or expanding firms in Colorado. Colorado FIRST assists companies with training for ...