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Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

About WIA

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) represented a national consensus at the time of its enactment to consolidate and coordinate workforce preparation and development programs into a unified workforce investment system.

In Wisconsin, programs for employment placement/retention, job training, and education-related training programs are delivered through Wisconsin Job Centers.

While individual programs retain their own service and funding requirements, those programs also participate in job centers with local policy oversight provided by 11 Workforce Development Boards across the state.

The boards are led by a private-sector majority of board members. Required representatives include all WIA partner programs.

Worker Services

WIA Title I authorizes programs that serve Adults, Dislocated Workers, and In-School and Out-Of School Youth.

WIA Title I services delivered through Wisconsin Job Centers include Core, Intensive, and Training services. Core services are available to all job seekers and include assistance in job search and job placement, assessment of skills, labor market and career information and other similar services.

If job placement is not achieved after at least one core service effort, then intensive services may be available. These may include services such as specialized assessments, career and employment development planning; short-term prevocational training such as communication or interviewing skills, and GED training.

Finally, training services may be available to individuals who don't find a job after receiving core and intensive services. Job seekers typically can select the training provider of their choice using an Individual Training Account. Other training options, such as on-the-job training, may also be available in some locations.

Employer Services

WIA Title I and Job Centers also benefit employers. Services to assist employers may include assistance in finding workers, in training new or existing workers, in dealing with a diverse workforce, and in addressing business downsizing and/or closings.

Information resources on the state and local labor market, workforce, and workplace regulations also may be available to assist employers in their business and workforce planning activities.

ASSET Reporting System

The ASSET (= Automated System Support for Employment and Training) reporting system is the State of Wisconsin's mechanism for tracking WIA program performance, including the WIA Title I programs for adults, dislocated workers and youth. It is a web-based system that tracks Job Center customer services, and guides state and local program management. The system provides a statewide, comprehensive data collection on job seeker registration, case management, and eligibility screening for program and provider services.

Visit the ASSET homepage to login to the production or training environments.

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