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.
The WIOA 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 workers in new or upgraded permanent jobs and provides short-term training for specific jobs. All training is designed with employer input and approval. The state of Colorado provides financial assistance for ...