Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
ARE YOU UNEMPLOYED?
NEED HELP PAYING FOR SCHOOL TO BECOME RE-EMPLOYED?
Individuals interested in training for a new career may be eligible for assistance through WIOA. Available services are based on need determination and include tuition assistance, book allowances, uniform/supplies and career counseling.
Services under this program are eligibility-based – all interested persons must meet and be able to document preliminary eligibility criteria to be a potential candidate.
At this time, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program Funding availability is as follows:
WIOA Out-Of-School Youth funding is accepting applications.
WIOA Dislocated Worker is accepting applications.
WIOA Low Income Adult Funding is accepting applications.
Individuals interested in training for a new career may be eligible for assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Available services based on need determination include; tuition assistance, books allowance, uniform/supplies and career counseling. Services under this program are eligibility-based. Therefore all interested persons must meet and be able to document the following preliminary eligibility criteria to be a potential candidate. Please take a moment to prescreen yourself for eligibility
WIOA Adult Eligibility
To be eligible to receive WIOA services as an adult in the adult and dislocated worker programs, an individual must:
Be 18 years of age or older;
Be a citizen or noncitizen authorized to work in the us; and
Meet Military Selective Service registration requirements (males only)
Dislocated Worker or Laid-off Worker Eligibility:
- You are laid off or you have received official notice of layoff from your current job as a result of permanent closure or substantial layoff at a plant facility or enterprise and are unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation due to current economic conditions.
- You are eligible for, receiving or have exhausted your unemployment compensation benefits.
- You are an individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member in the home and have been dependent on the income of another family member but are no longer supported by that income, and who is unemployed or underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
- You are a self-employed individual who lost your contract or business earnings due to the economic downturn and have been unable to find employment or replace your business earnings in Pinellas County.
- You are a non-retiree discharged recently from the armed forces under honorable conditions or an unemployed military spouse impacted by spouse’s active duty or discharge from active duty.
- You are the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of deployment, or a call or order to active duty, or a permanent change of station or the service-connected death or disability of the member.
- You are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and are unemployed or underemployed and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) Chart
70% LLSIL 2020 Metro
NOTE: Federal guidance indicates that low income is “the Poverty Level or 70% of the LLSIL”, whichever is higher.
Veterans and their eligible spouses continue to have priority of service for WIOA and other designated job-training programs funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. Refer to Administrator’s Memo 10-2, Implementation of Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses, for further information on this requirement.
Under WIOA, individualized career services and training services have a given priority, regardless of funding levels, with priority given to the following:
- Public assistance recipients;
- Low-income adults; and/or
- Individuals who are basic-skills deficient.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, training services may only be provided for a State-approved occupation which appear on the list below. This list is called the Regional Targeted Occupations List (RTOL). Please review the list to assist you in making a career choice.
2020-2021 Priority Training (RTOL) – Regional TOL for Adults and Dislocated Workers
After July 1, 2014, WIOA low-income adults and dislocated workers should utilize the new RTOL when selecting a WIOA training program.
This RTOL was developed after extensive and exhaustive research into our local, regional and the statewide labor and job market. In addition, our CareerSource Pinellas Board of Directors, consisting of local business experts, reviewed and approved this RTOL. Any interested WIOA applicants should click on the link above to review and explore the training programs listed prior to selecting a training program.
2020-2021 Regional Targeted Occupations List (RTOL) – RTOL for Youth, Welfare Transition Program, and Other Programs
For other funding such Trade Impacted (TAA), Welfare Transition Program (WTP), WIOA Youth and Adult licensure, candidates may click on and review the RTOL for Youth, WTP and other programs for Pinellas County. However, we do encourage all customers to select from the RTOL Priority Training list above as these training programs are primarily focused on those occupational areas that are in highest demand in this area.
There may be additional criteria that CareerSource Pinellas and/or training providers may require for selected occupations. For example, if a school’s training program for licensed practical nurse (LPN) requires a candidate to read, write and compute math at a 10th grade level, then the assessment must reflect that the enrolling candidate meets this requirement.
If you have completed your search for an approved training provider and training program and wish to start the online application for WIOA services, please click on the WIOA Application tab.