Training & the Workforce Investment Act
The Federal Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) which superseded the Job Training Partnership Act, offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through statewide and
local organizations. Available workforce development activities provided in local communities can benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers.
The purpose of these activities is to promote an increase in the employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills improvement by participants. This, in turn, improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and improves the productivity competitiveness of the nation.
|One-Stop centers use varied strategies in providing the appropriate services to meet the needs of their customers:
- Core, Intensive and Training Services.
- Job Search Assistance.
- Career Counseling.
- Assistance with resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interview coaching.
- Skill assessment and development options.
|WIA Offers You:
- Extensive Assessments of skills, abilities, and interest.
- In-depth career planning and guidance.
|Before being considered for training you must first:
- Work through core services.
- Actively look for a job.
- Be determined eligible for WIA.
- Work with a case manager to develop a long-term employment plan.
- Invest your time to improve your basic skills (if necessary).
- Pursue a career that is IN DEMAND in the
- Exhaust all other possible funding.
|Two other types of training are available:
- Work Experience
- This program places a participant with an employer for four weeks to acquire skill upgrades. The participant is paid by the
SC Department of Employment and Workforce and is required to perform the duties agreed upon by the Employer and Job Developer.
- On-The Job Training
- This program places a participant with an employer for up to four hundred hours, depending on the skill level of the occupation. The employer is reimbursed
50% to 75% of the hourly wage agreed by contract to train the participant in the occupation for a full time permanent position.
|How do I apply?
- You MUST be registered at SC Virtual OneStop.
- Meet with a WIA staff member at Coastal Workforce Center to be referred to the next available WIA Orientation, which is an information session about WIA program and how it may benefit you.
- Bring your referral slip to and attend the entire WIA Orientation session at Coastal Workforce Center on the appointed date and time.
- Complete the Job Search packet which you will receive during the WIA Orientation session and turn it in before leaving Coastal Workforce Center. Incomplete packets will delay possible entry into the WIA program.
- You will be called by the Certifier to schedule your appointment to find out whether or not you qualify for the WIA Program.
For more information on the WIA program, you can contact the following WIA Staff:
- Unandi Ward – Case Manager at
email@example.com (843) 234-9675
- Lindsay Pritchard – Case Manager at
- Jamie White – Case Manager at
- Marty Graham - OJT/Work Experience Coordinator at (843) 234-9675
- Or Fax Us at (843) 234-0352