About WIOA Works

Our Mission

WIOA Works is an online resource to assist business and industry leaders, policy makers, community organizations and workforce professionals in achieving success under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

WIOA Works will keep you up-to-date on Illinois’ progress before and after July 1, 2015, the day WIOA takes effect; will highlight local innovation by sharing best practices and success stories; and will outline specific policies to ensure a skilled workforce for our state’s employers.

About WIOA

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect on July 1, 2015. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

WIOA formally adopts many parts of Illinois’ progressive workforce development model on a nationwide basis, with the goal of ensuring that the workforce system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future. Learn more in the Illinois Unified State Plan.

Visit the Illinois workNet Portal System to connect to all of the Illinois programs that provide a vast array of resources and services.

Click here to visit the US Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) main workforce development resource site where you will find:

  • a Resource Library,
  • ETA Grants,
  • Workforce System Strategies,
  • Communities, Events, Training, and more!

The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) is a community of practitioners, program staff, partners, planners, industry leaders and stakeholders that strive for system improvement, capacity building and excellence in the public workforce system. The ION is a national, regional, state and local alliance that makes available the technical assistance, information sharing, and training needed to implement the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that was signed into law in 2014


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