Workforce Investment Act of 2012: Getting America Back to Work

Earlier this week, Representatives John Tierney (D-MA), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-CA) filed the Workforce Investment Act of 2012, which aims to improve the nation’s workforce investment infrastructure, focusing on finding workers jobs and careers through strategic partnerships with in-demand sector employers, community colleges, labor organizations, and non-profits. This is a good step in the direction of finally reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act.  We’re proud that Rep. Tierney from the Commonwealth is leading the charge!

The Act proposes changes that advocates have long identified as areas that would help streamline our nation’s workforce training system and make it more effective and efficient at meeting job-seeker and employer needs.

Some highlights include:

  • Streamlining and coordinating the operation of job training, adult education, vocational rehabilitation, and postsecondary education programs to create smoother pathways and transitions.
  • Establishing uniform performance outcome information and reporting across programs to improve accountability and transparency and help job-seekers and employers make informed decisions about services and training.
  • Investments in the development and expansion of innovative strategies including career pathways, sector partnerships, incumbent worker training, on-the-job training, and regional approaches to training.
  • Expanding community college capacity to train workers in high-growth industries, such as health care, transportation, and advanced manufacturing.
  • Expanding access to adult education, literacy services and workplace skills.
  • Expanding eligibility and access for youth to work experience programs such as summer jobs, on-the-job training, and pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • Improving services for workers with disabilities by providing relevant training and other support services needed for competitive employment.

Read the WIA One Pager.

Read the full text of the bill.


Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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