Investment Act of 1998 provides a unique national workforce
preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of
the nation's businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who
want to further their careers.
There are many
Individuals age 18 and older may be
served under the Adult program. Adult services include job
search assistance, referral to other appropriate agencies and
services, comprehensive assessments and development of individual
employment plans, career planning, job readiness training,
occupational skills training, vocational training* (up to a maximum
of two years), on-the-job training, customized training, incumbent
worker training, support services during training and follow up
*Note: Vocational training must
be in growth-rate occupations. WIA defines growth-rate
occupations as occupations having an annual increase of 1.464% job
openings. Examples of growth-rate occupations include computer
programs, dental hygienists, physical therapy assistants, nursing
aides and automotive mechanics.
Provides services similar to the Adult
programs, but unlike the Adult program, family income is not used to
determine eligibility. Dislocated workers are individuals who:
have been laid off or terminated due to plant closure or mass
layoff; are unemployed through no fault of their own.
Self-employed individuals and displaced homemakers may also be
eligible. Temporary layoffs do not qualify; the job loss must
be permanent. The program is designed to train/retrain
dislocated workers and assist in their transition to new employment.