Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The purpose of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) is to provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention and earning of participants, and increase the occupational skill attainment by participants, which will improve the quality of the workforce and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nations economy. These goals are achieved through the WIA SC Works system for adults and dislocated workersΉ (including displaced homemakers²) ages 18 and older to receive core, intensive or training services. Core services consist of information and resource tools available at the SC Works centers to assist job seekers in achieving their employment goals. Core services are intended to be self-directed and user friendly. Intensive and Training Services are provided to individuals in need of staff assistance and can include specialized assessments, case management, short-term training, and other services as described below.

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To access the Workforce Investment Act Program and Services:
The customer's first step is Core Services. Core Services are self-directed activities that are customer driven and include activities such as creating resumes, or cover letters, searching and applying for jobs, attending job fairs, or seeking information on and applying for other needed SC Works Greenville programs.
If you are not able to successfully find a job after using the available Core Services, then Intensive Services may be provided through the WIA program. A WIA Career Specialist will be assigned to help you plan for and participate in a combination of activities leading to employment. More detail on Intensive Service and the WIA program and requirements is addressed in the WIA Application and Instructions packet.
The Greenville County Workforce Investment Board (GCWIB) has revised its local Individual Training Account (ITA) policy to include the targeted industries/occupations for which WIA training may be provided within the local area. The goal is to ensure that WIA training provided is only provided for high demand/high growth industries.

The GCWIB has established its high demand/high growth industries to be:

  1. Manufacturing (includes Advanced Manufacturing)
  2. Health care and social assistance
  3. Information
  4. Construction
  5. Administrative and waste services

After participating in the Intensive Services and you are not able to find or keep a job, the WIA Career Specialist may recommend you for Training Services.
In general, Training Services may include activities such as basic literacy skills training (including GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and/or vocational skills training. The WIA Career Specialist will help you to select the right training program or combination of training programs based on your needs. Vouchers will be issued to training participants to pay the costs for tuition, books, and supplies. More detail on the WIA program and requirements is addressed in the WIA Application and Instructions packet.

To view a copy of the WIA Priority of Service for Veterans and Spouses, click here.

Click here to view a copy of the White Paper, which was prepared by the South Carolina Workforce Development Area Administrators Association (SCWDAAA), in cooperation with a consortium of state agencies. The purpose of the White Paper is to support the efforts for improving the Workforce Development System in South Carolina. The White Paper will provide stakeholders with valuable information on South Carolina’s workforce development system under the WIA for the purpose of aligning strategies and partnerships in order to meet the needs of South Carolina’s evolving economy.

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