Enhancing Workforce Leadership


  • Save the Date: Sector Strategies Virtual Institute 2016

    Join your peers for USDOL-ETA's 2nd Annual week-long Sector Strategies Virtual Institute on advancing sector work! WIOA calls for dynamic and regional industry sector partnerships where business and workforce systems work together to solve skill gap issues and create meaningful career pathways for individuals. This event will include leading state and local practitioners who have formed high-performing sector strategies and will drill down deep into the latest challenges and innovative solutions. Download Now
  • TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER No. 14-15 has been released!

    This Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) conveys the following to States: The vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA; The deadline and submission process for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA (Section 11); The requirements to have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place for Program Year (PY) 2016 and beyond for the six core programs of WIOA; and The options for States to incorporate all or portions of partner programs into their State plan submissions if they choose to submit a Combined State Plan. This guidance-developed jointly by the Departments of Labor (DOL), Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), Agriculture (USDA), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (Departments) - provides an overview of the Administration's priorities in relation to the WIOA planning requirements, explains the planning requirements where necessary, and instructs States regarding submission procedures.
  • Required Elements for Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    States must use the information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans Requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed and approved this data collection (Control Number 1205-0222). These documents reflect the incorporation of public comments received from the publication of the August 6 Federal Register notice prepared by the Departments of Labor, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture. Download Now
  • Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers

    The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has issued a downloadable guide designed to support your efforts to expand quality pre-apprenticeship programs and opportunities for women. The Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers assists Community-Based Organizations and Workforce practitioners that help women enter apprenticeships in non-traditional career fields. In this guide, you will find resources that provide effective strategies and practices used by successful pre-apprenticeship programs for women in nontraditional occupations.
  • TEN 17-15 -- Release and Availability of the Technical Assistance Resource, Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development has been posted to the ETA Advisory Web site and disseminated to the workforce development system!

    This technical assistance resource, is a revised Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development, for States, local areas, and tribal entities developing career pathway systems.
  • Announcement to State Directors from the U.S. Department of Education

    This letter is to provide clarification and encouragement to further assist you in preparing for a timely and robust implementation of Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Pub. L. 113-128 (WIOA) and to clarify the participation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Pub. L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) in combined state planning efforts. Download Now
  • Mark Your Calendars for the National Convening of Workforce Leadership on January 26-28, 2016

    Connect with other national, state and local leaders to transform America’s workforce system. States will be invited to form teams with leaders representing partners and key stakeholders implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Download Now
  • A Strategy for American Innovation

    Support Entrepreneurship Skill Building through Workforce Training Programs The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed by President Obama last year, and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor includes an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship skill building for youth, individuals with disabilities, Indian and Native Americans, and unemployed adults and includes new provisions to allow training resources for entrepreneurship training. These new provisions will allow the public workforce system to more systematically train youth and adults who are out of work to start their own businesses. The Department of Labor in 2013 established and formalized a policy that requires rigorous, independent and transparent evaluations in all of its discretionary grant programs. For example, the Workforce Innovation Fund’s performance is measured in terms of outcomes for job seekers and employers, and in terms of cost effectiveness. Newer programs backed by less evidence are eligible for less funding, whereas more sizable grants to proven programs make possible the wider-scale expansion of these models.
  • ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit has just been released!

    The ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit provides tools and resources on apprenticeship – a proven “earn and learn” model with many benefits for both employers and job seekers. Visit the toolkit to learn how you can use apprenticeship as a successful work-based learning strategy under WIOA. The ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit features: • Resources to learn about apprenticeship • Tools on building apprenticeship partnerships and strategies • Business outreach materials and a guide for Business Services staff • Guides for funding apprenticeship and counting performance outcomes under WIOA • Models of successful workforce system/apprenticeship partnerships
  • OCTAE Launches LINCS Learner Center!

    Our Federal partner, OCTAE launched the LINCS Learner Center to direct adult learners to high-quality resources related to education, training, and foundation skills. OCTAE is pleased to offer this new resource during the 2015 National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, #AEFLWeek. The LINCS Learner Center is an online gateway to resources from many different federal agencies and funded organizations. Resources accessed through the site can help adult learners improve their reading, writing, math, science, and English skills; build job skills; acquire an understanding of American government and history to obtain citizenship; and find a nearby adult education, computer training, or post-secondary education or training program. Developed to be mobile-friendly, the site brings resources to learners in class, on the go, and at home so they can extend their learning time and accelerate their skills.
  • White House Report: Progress Update on Job Driven Training and Apprenticeships

    The Administration – with the leadership of Vice President Biden — released a plan to expand the number of pathways for Americans to gain the skills they need to get better, higher - paying jobs and increase access to those pathways. The overarching vision is a job - training system that, as the President states, “ trains our workers first based on what employers are telling us they’re hiring for and helps business design training programs so that we’re creating a pipeline into jobs that are actually out there.” Download Now
  • NEW WIOA QSAP on Eligible Training Provider Requirements

    Eligible Training Provider Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is now live! The Eligible Training Provider QSAP is the latest in a series of QSAPs covering important topics in relation to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA emphasizes informed consumer choice, job-driven training, provider performance, and continuous improvement – and these themes are the foundation of WIOA’s approach to eligible training providers. This QSAP will help you understand and meet the Eligible Training Provider requirements in WIOA and develop effective procedures at the state and local level. The results from the QSAP will show your areas of strength, as well as targeted areas for improvement, which you can use to engage partners and stakeholders in on-going dialogues on planning and next steps.
  • Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (TEGL 4-15)

    This Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) lays out the vision for the one-stop delivery system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and links to key technical assistance resources to support states and local areas as they integrate this vision into their one-stop delivery system (http://www.doleta.gov/wioa). This guidance is also being issued by the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. It was developed in collaboration with these agencies, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will soon issue additional guidance to other programs administered by DOL that covers governance, operational, and service delivery topics related to the one-stop delivery system.