State Workforce Program Overview

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed by Congress in summer 2014, replaced the 1998 Workforce Investment Act and is the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years.

“For the first time in our history, the American economy is creating more skilled job opportunities than there are well-educated and prepared job applicants available.” – Robert T. Jones, former Asst. Sec. of Labor

How can a company in Illinois best develop its talent pipeline to remain competitive? By partnering with the preferred training and education suppliers available through WIOA, who are developing Illinois’ workforce to meet H.R.’s growing requirements.

For students and other job seekers, WIOA provides individuals with a roadmap showing a pathway to employment: what skills an Illinois business needs and how to acquire those skills. Services include education, training, and support services to find a living wage job. 

The programs below provide a comprehensive approach to Illinois’ employment and training services.

Programs