Virginia 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.
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WIA replaces the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). In Virginia, the WIA is under the governance of the Virginia Employment Commission. The program's focus is to streamline training so that from an employer's and employee's point of view, the services are provided under a single funding stream and from a single agency.
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Virginia's Workforce Council executes and oversees the state Workforce Investment Act. Some aspects of the plan are:
Workforce Council. The governor appoints a Workforce Council, which helps the Governor meet the state's workforce training needs. The Workforce Council provides guidance on workforce training issues and assists with the operation of the various Workforce Centers.
Workforce investment boards. The Workforce Council and local elected officials appoint workforce investment boards (WIBs) led by representatives of local businesses and involving representatives of education, labor, community organizations, and economic development agencies. WIBs are responsible for the operation of the Workforce Centers.
Workforce Centers. In Virginia services such as WIA, ...

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