CLASP provided an excellent overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Becomes Law; Potential Game Changer for Low-Income Youth to make it easy for the rest of us to understand its implications. According to the article, the key themes in WIOA include:
- An emphasis on the alignment of all core programs authorized in the bill, including a requirement for unified planning and reporting on a shared set of performance measures across these programs. These steps offer the potential for streamlining and significantly improving service delivery to participants, particularly low-income, low-skilled individuals.
- A heightened focus on providing training and helping participants prepare for post-secondary education to improve their success in the labor market.
- Greater focus on and new vehicles for addressing the needs of youth and adults who have significant barriers to employment.