The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amended the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 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.
Each state must establish a one-stop training system, with at least one center in each local area. Job centers must provide core services, including determination of eligibility, outreach, intake and orientation, skill-level assessment, case management assistance, job search and placement, providing information regarding job opportunities, and information about the performance of local providers.
Employers that train workers through this system are eligible for grants, significant tax credits, and other benefits.
There is additional information about apprenticeships, and a comprehensive discussion of the Workforce Investment Act.