The Training Services provided through WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) are designed to help job seekers who live or have been laid-off in our 15 county region (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, Whitfield — shown to the right) access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and also to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today's job market.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • A citizen or non-citizen authorized to work in the United States
  • Meet the Military Selective Service registration requirements (males who are 18 or older and born on or after January 1, 1960)

(All services and programs are subject to availability of WIOA funds and eligibility of applicant.)

Occupational Skills Training

Undecided about your next career move?

If you are 18 years or older, unemployed/underemployed, have been laid-off from your previous employment or received notice of layoff, please contact a WIOA Career Counselor in your county about opportunities that may be available to you.

On-the-Job Training

Are you interested in working while you learn? On-The-Job Training may be the opportunity you are looking for. OJT Staff is available to work with you on a career plan, assess your skills and interests, and refer you to employers in the area that may be looking for someone like you.

What OJT means for the Participant:

OJT offers the opportunity to learn new skills while earning a pay check. The eligible applicants will work with a WIOA Career Counselors to determine occupational interest and current skill levels so the appropriate referral to an employer can be determined. If the employer agrees to hire the applicant then then the applicant will enter into On the Job training contract and employment with the company. OJT training must be for new skill and the job must a full time position. Upon successful completion of the OJT training the employer may retain the trainee as a permanent employee.

What OJT means for the Employer:

OJT is a key method of delivering training services to adults, dislocated workers and youth that are also receiving WIOA youth services. WIOA provides up to 50 percent of the wage rate of the participant to employers for the costs of training while the participant is in the program. Additionally, providers have the flexibility to increase the reimbursement level to up to 75 percent taking into account the following factors:

  • The characteristics of the participants (e.g. length of unemployment, current skill level, and barriers to employment);
  • The size of the employer (e.g. small and medium-sized business often have more barriers to participation at lower reimbursement rates);
  • The quality of employer-provided training and advancement opportunities; and
  • Other factors the State or local boards may determine appropriate (e.g. the number of employees participating in the training, wage and benefit levels of the employees (both pre and post participation earnings)), and relation of the training to the competitiveness of the participant).

Veteran Priority

Veterans under WIOA §3 (63)(A) receive priority of service as described in the Jobs for Veterans Act (38 U.S.C. 4215 (2)). Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for adult programs must receive the highest priority for services. TEGL 19-16 references TEGL 10-09 regarding order of priority for veterans and eligible spouses. TEGLs 05-03 and 10-09 implemented veteran’s priority of service requirements. Priority must be provided in the following order:

  • First, to veterans and eligible spouses who are also recipients of public assistance, are low-income individuals, or who are basic skills deficient. Military earnings are not to be included as income for veterans and transitioning service members.
  • Second, individuals who are not veterans or eligible spouses who meet WIOA priority criteria.
  • Third, veterans and eligible spouses who are not included in WIOA’s priority groups.
  • Last, individuals outside the groups given priority under WIOA.