Western Illinois Works for You
Serving Adams, Brown, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Warren Counties
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 provides a national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet the needs of the nation’s businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers.
In addition to various employment services, WIOA can assist with tuition, books, fees, required supplies and other support services for training, such as transportation costs through mileage reimbursements and childcare assistance. All training programs must be in demand occupations and on the state approved eligible training provider list, which can be found at www.illinoisworknet.com. A variety of criteria are used to determine eligibility for services in three main categories described below, however all WIOA participants must be a citizen of or authorized to work in the United States and registered with Selective Service, if a male over 18 years of age. Veterans receive priority for service.
Eligible individuals aged 17-24 may receive services such as: job search assistance; referrals to other appropriate agencies; comprehensive assessments and development of individual employment plans; career planning; job readiness training; occupational skills training; vocational training in demand occupations (up to a maximum of two years); on-the-job training; paid or unpaid work experiences with occupational and educational components; tutoring; study skills training; instruction leading to secondary school completion, including dropout prevention strategies; comprehensive guidance and counseling; and post-secondary preparation and transition activities.
If interested in youth services, please complete the youth initial questionnaire.
Income eligible individuals aged 18 and older may receive adult services. These include: job search assistance; referrals to other appropriate agencies; comprehensive assessments and development of individual employment plans; career planning; job readiness training; occupational skills training; vocational training in demand occupations (up to a maximum of two years); on-the-job training; customized training; incumbent worker training; support services during training and follow up services.
If interested in adult services, please complete the WIOA Initial Questionnaire.
Dislocated Worker Services
Dislocated workers are individuals who have been laid off or terminated due to plant closure or mass layoff or are unemployed through no fault of their own. Self-employed individuals and displaced homemakers may also be eligible. The job loss must be permanent. Services for dislocated workers are designed to train or retrain workers and assist their transition to new employment. Services are similar to those offered to Adults.
If interested in dislocated worker services, please complete the WIOA Initial Questionnaire.