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  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

     
 
   
     
 
INITIATIVES
   
Workforce Training Fund Program:
The Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) provides Massachusetts businesses with the resources needed to invest in workforce development, improve employee skills, and maintain the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth's businesses.

Training grants of up to $250,000 are available for: ESOL, Lean/Continuous Process Improvement, Six-Sigma, Adult Basic Education, Software and IT Skills, Project Management, Sales, CNC, Customer Service, Leadership and Management Skills, ISO, and many more.

There are 4 different grant programs: DOWNLOAD WTFP GRANT MENU (PDF)
 
 
General Program
Express Program
Regional Training Capacity
 Pilot Program

Technical Assistance Grants

Workplace Safety Training Grant: The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awards up to $25,000.00 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training. Eligible employers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding. Learn more here. VIEW SITE

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Employers can receive a Federal Tax Credit of up to $9,600 for each new hire that meets specified criteria. View complete details here.VIEW SITE

Training Opportunities for Adults: The South Shore region brings opportunities to adults seeking to upgrade their education and improve their marketable skills.
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Career Centers:
Plymouth Career Center
Quincy Career Center

The South Shore Workforce Investment Board is located at:
15 Cottage Avenue, Ste. 302
Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: 617-328-7001
Fax: 617-328-7381
www.southshorewib.org
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