Effective July 1, 2015, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Like its predecessor, the WIOA is a federal workforce development law that provides for state and federal employment, education, job training, and support services. The law is designed to help jobseekers access employment, education, training, and support services and to match employers with the skilled workers they need.
Employers that train workers through this system are eligible for grants, significant tax credits, and other benefits. There is additional information on the WIA.
Workforce Development Council (WDC). Hawaii's WDC is responsible for advising the governor on workforce development to support economic development and employment opportunities for the state's workers. As defined by statute, it is Hawaii's advisory commission on employment and human resources and is also the state Workforce Investment Board for purposes of the WIOA. It assists the governor in developing and updating 5-year strategic workforce investment plans and oversees workforce investment activities. The Council's goal is to develop a competitive and skilled workforce that promotes and maintains a diverse and productive economy and preserves quality of life in Hawaii (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 394-1et seq., Sec. 202-1et seq.).
Workforce Development Division (WDD). The WDD assists jobseekers, workers, and industries. ...