CLASP is committed to making WIOA work; that's why we're developing a WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People. As part of this effort, CLASP will be providing short, action-focused memos outlining how states, local areas, advocates, and service providers can leverage opportunities to serve low-income youth and adults through state and local plans, policies and guidance, and budget choices.
NEW! WIOA Performance Targets: Incentives to Improve Workforce Services for Individuals with Barriers to Employment
This memo discusses performance policies in WIOA that can encourage services for those most in need.
NEW! Integrated Education and Training: Model Programs for Building Career Pathways for Participants at Every Skill Level
This memo highlights several career pathway models that utilize Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs for participants at every skill level.
NEW! WIOA Priority of Service for High-Need Adults Reference Guide
This reference guide provides quick access to text and citations for priority requirements. CLASP urges states and local areas to use these policies to implement a strong priority of service so that more high-need adults receive the employment and training services they need.
WIOA Title II Adult Education & Family Literacy
CLASP recommends that WIOA State Plans address the complications of matching many adult education providers to one local workforce board area.
Priority of Service for High-Need Adults
CLASP recommends that the WIOA State Plan include a description of how the Governor will ensure priority of service for Title I Adult career and training services to recipients of public assistance, other low-income individuals, and individuals who are basic skills deficient.
WIOA Performance Negotiations
CLASP encourages states to include in their plans a discussion of the specific linkage between state targeting policies for participants with barriers to economic success and the proposed goals for each of the common measures.
Career Pathways: State Plan & Policy
States should determine whether partners have built career pathway programs that meet the definition in WIOA and offer infrastructure and guidance on defining and tracking participants who are on a "state-recognized" career pathway.
Career Pathways: Local Planning
The local plan will outline the strategic and operational functions local boards undertake with WIOA and required one-stop partners in the development and implementation of a career pathway program or programs that serve local employers and local residents.
Career Pathways: Using the State Eligible Training Provider List to Support Quality & Coordination
State plans should include robust quality standards for the range of programs on the ETPL, including career pathway programs.
Youth Governance: Strengthening and Maintaining Youth Committees to Improve Services for Youth
These strategic planning entities are critical to directly link youth stakeholders and experts to decision making about funding and resource allocation, service implementation, performance measures, and reporting.
Eligibility Determination for Out-of-School Youth: Making it Easier for Out-Of-School Youth to Access Services
States can establish a state-wide policy that promotes self-attestation and self-certification as acceptable—and preferable—for upfront eligibility determination of out-of-school youth in "high-risk" categories.
WIOA and Job Quality
Through WIOA, states and local areas can leverage workforce training funds to improve the quality of front-line jobs. WIOA’s increased emphasis on work-based learning models, incumbent worker training, and on-the-job training grants—coupled with state and local options under the law to set standards for employer participation in such programs—create new partnership opportunities with high-road employers, enabling workers to earn while they learn as well as promoting improved job quality.
Transitional Jobs: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income Workers
WIOA allows local areas to allocate up to 10 percent of Title I - Adult and Dislocated Worker funds to transitional jobs for individuals with barriers to employment. The explicit inclusion of transitional jobs in WIOA will allow more local areas to add this model to their portfolio of services.