What is WIA?
January 18, 2018
“WIA” stand for the “Workforce Investment
Act.” This legislation, passed by Congress in 1998, provides federal funds for
employment and training assistance. WIA services help people improve their
opportunities for getting a job, increase their wages, and provides money for
job skills training.
The WIA program is administered by a
Workforce Investment Boards (or WIB) in each region. There is a different WIB
for each region. WIA procedures vary depending on the region of the state in
which a person lives. But the basic procedure is:
Contact a CT Works office and tell
staff that you interested in WIA training.
You will be scheduled for a WIA
After the WIA orientation/overview
session, you will be scheduled for another meeting to see whether you are
eligible for WIA. For adults, WIA funds are divided into 2 categories. If
you meet the requirements of one of these categories, you are eligible.
Adult – have low income and lack job skills that are currently in
Dislocated Worker – have been or will be laid off because of the current
economic situation (as opposed to leaving a job for personal reasons)
and need job skills that are currently in demand.
If you are eligible, a case manager will
review training options with you.
Please note that WIA funds are limited. Even
if you are eligible, training funds are not guaranteed.
To find a CT Works office:
Find your town on this
table. The table will show you which region your town is in, and show you
the WIB for that region.
Click on the WIB website
to find the CT Works offices in that region.