WIOA has placed an increased focus on serving the most vulnerable low-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience and face other barriers to economic success through Priority of Services.
WIOA focuses on individuals who are basic skills-deficient, low-income, recipients of public assistance – INDIVIDUALS WITH BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. Priority of Services under WIA applied only when adult funds were limited; WIOA now requires that individuals receive automatic access to Priority of Services! Both adult and dislocated worker funds can be used to support these services.
WIOA allows Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) through their One-Stop Operators to provide career services to those individuals (they identify) who are not members of these groups. The goal is to have coordination between WIOA-funded and other programs available in the one-stop delivery system. For example, individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) should have access to a broader range of solutions. By leveraging services and funding resources, TANF recipients will have more comprehensive access that promotes employment retention and self-sufficiency.