The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) oversees the expenditure of more than $50 million in public funds annually through the the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Board members are appointed by the Mayor from the leadership ranks of the education, economic development and organized labor fields as well as other key players in the Los Angeles economy.
About the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActThe federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment.
WIOA streamlines and strengthens the strategic roles of Workforce Development Boards, effectively making state and local boards more agile and well-positioned to meet local and regional employers' workforce needs. It brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of federal investment in skill development:
- employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states
- adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the Department of Education (DoED)
WIOA Services for YouthWIOA prepares vulnerable youth and other job seekers for successful employment through increasing the use of proven service models services. Young people who live in the Los Angeles area can access services including tutoring, internships, job shadowing, work experience, adult mentoring, and counseling at local centers, called YouthSource Centers. A list of available youth services and a map of youth centers can be found on the WDB's Youth Job Seekers services page. Additional youth oriented services can be found at:
- HIRE LA'S Youth is focused on connecting young people to local employment opportunities.
- LA Cash for College is targeted at expanding college access to students and families, providing them with information about financial aid and other college resources
WIOA Services for AdultsWIOA helps job seekers acquire industry-recognized credentials for in-demand jobs by ensuring that unemployed and other job seekers have access to high-quality workforce services. The program also increases individuals with disabilities' access to high quality workforce services and prepares them for competitive integrated employment. The program is implemented through WorkSource Centers, or America's Job Centers. Some of the many program services are:
- WorkSource Centers can use funds for demonstrated effective strategies that meet employers' workforce needs, including incumbent worker training, registered apprenticeship, transitional jobs, on-the-job training, and customized training
- Training that leads to industry recognized post-secondary credentials is emphasized
- Core and intensive services are collapsed into "career services" and there is no required sequence of services, enabling job seekers to access training immediately
- Job seekers who are basic skills deficient, in addition to those who are low-income individuals, have a priority for services from the Adult program
- Centers provide physical and programmatic accessibility to employment and training services for individuals with disabilities
To find out what adult services are available near you, visit the WDB's Adult Job Seekers services page.
WIOA Services for EmployersWIOA improves services to employers by promoting work-based training. It contributes to economic growth and business expansion by ensuring the workforce system is job-driven, matching employers with skilled individuals. The program is also implemented through WorkSource Centers, or America's Job Centers. Highlights of the program include:
- Centers promote the use of industry and sector partnerships to address the workforce needs of multiple employers within an industry
- Centers are responsible for activities to meet the workforce needs of local and regional employer
- Centers can use funds for demonstrated effective strategies that meet employers' workforce needs, including incumbent worker training, Registered Apprenticeship, transitional jobs, on-the-job training, and customized training
- Employers are incentivized to meet their workforce needs and offer opportunities for workers to learn with increased reimbursement rates for on-the-job and customized training
To learn more about these services and, visit the WDB's Employers & Businesses service page.