Workforce Development

About Workforce Development

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The workforce development system includes national, state, and local organizations that plan, fund, oversee, and operate programs helping individuals and employers obtain education, training, job placement, and job recruitment.

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) provides coordinated, effective, and customer-focused workforce development and employment services. Sections, or “titles”, cover youth, adults, dislocated workers, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation. Learn more...

Workforce development is especially important for youth with disabilities because research shows that they are more likely to be out of school, unemployed, or incarcerated. 

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Under WIA, the workforce development system is guided by state and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and local Youth Councils.  WIA establishes guidelines for service eligibility and institutionalizes the One-Stop System, with 19 required partner programs, as the preferred delivery system.

Program Design is critical to effective workforce development with all youth. 

  • Guideposts for Success identifies the five critical components for youth transition as a framework for programs and policymakers.
  • Universal Design ensures that environments, communications, programs, and services meet the needs of all workforce development customers.  



Legislation Guide

Workforce Investment Act of 1998 - Public Law 105-220: provides a table with the service provided and eligibility requirements for youth service, education and training, adult literacy programs, as well as One-Stop Centers, and the Rehabilitation Act.

Workforce Development Component Overviews & Audience Specific Answers:

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