President Obama signs federal workforce development reform bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 25, 2014

President Barack Obama signed into law the first legislative reform of the federal workforce education and training system in 15 years. TheWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” (WIOA) supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and implements the changes many believe were necessary to modernize a system that had failed to keep pace with current labor market needs.

WIOA was designed to match businesses with the skilled employees they need to compete in the global economy while helping job seekers access the services necessary to succeed in the 21st century workforce. It is the product of considerable negotiation and bipartisan compromise between both Houses of Congress. Some of the reforms include:

  • Helping employers find workers with the necessary skills;
  • Aligning federal investments to support job seekers and employers;
  • Fostering regional collaboration to meet the needs of regional economies; and
  • Targeting workforce services to better serve job seekers.

California manufacturers need a sustainable pipeline of technically-trained industrial workers to meet our current and future workforce needs. WIOA reforms help further this goal.  Most of the Act will take effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment. The U.S. Department of Labor will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment. 

CMTA continues to advocate for sustainable funding and effective policies that fully support workforce education and training programs within the State’s K-12, community college and employment development systems. 

For a two-page Fact Sheet on the Act, click here:

For complete details and information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration website:

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