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MEMO:  AP 06-08

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

DATE: April 13, 2006 

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients 

FROM: Carl Buzzelli, WIA Program Manager

SUBJECT: Revision of the Term “Advanced Training” to the New Term “Advanced Training/Occupational Skills Training”

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Background:  The implementation of the Common Measures policy under the Workforce Investment Act has resulted in a number of revisions to definitions used for several years under WIA.  This issuance addresses the changes made to the definition of advanced training, which is changing to advanced training/occupational skills training.  It also addresses the timeframe for these revisions. 

Policy:  The following definitions and rules under WIA are effective for PY 06: 

  1. All WIA youth participants who began receiving services before July 1, 2006 are covered by the old definition of advanced training

    Advanced Training – This is an occupational skills employment/training program, not funded under Title I of the WIA, which does not duplicate training received under Title I.  It includes only training outside of the One-Stop, WIA, and partner system (i.e., training following exit).  (Please note: this term applies to the current WIA younger youth measures only, it does not apply to the common measures)

  2. All WIA youth participants who begin receiving services on or after July 1, 2006 will utilize the following definition for advanced training/occupational skills training:

    Advanced Training/Occupational Skills Training - To count as a placement for the Youth Common Measures, advanced training constitutes an organized program of study that provides specific vocational skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at entry, intermediate, or advanced levels.  Such training should: (1) be outcome-oriented and focused on a long-term goal as specified in the Individual Service Strategy, (2) be long-term in nature and commence upon program exit rather than being short-term training that is part of services received while enrolled in ETA-funded youth programs, and (3) result in attainment of a certificate (as defined in AP 06-07). 

If you have any questions on these changes, please contact your designated area liaison. 

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