Vermont Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking public comment and to engage stakeholders in the dialogue about the changes to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Department is soliciting ideas and feedback for the state’s WIOA Unified Plan.

According to the draft plans’ opening Overview:

The State of Vermont is submitting this Unified Plan (State Plan or Plan) to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Public Law No. 113–128. The Plan includes the six required WIOA programs — the Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under Title I, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program under Title II, the Wagner-Peyser Act Program under Title III, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program under Title IV. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s Statewide Strategic Plan outlines the State’s highest priority goal to “create a brighter economic future for Vermonters by raising incomes, growing jobs, improving job training, strengthening our local foods-based agriculture, and improving our quality of life.” 

The Governor’s vision for workforce development focuses on creating jobs in key economic sectors, opportunities and incentives for the workforce to grow and prosper in Vermont. Key goals include: 

  • Coordination of the state’s economic development, workforce development and education systems;
  • Increased state funding for post-secondary education, training and loan forgiveness;
  • Coordination and expansion of workforce development activities;
  • Increased career awareness and exploration in secondary and post-secondary schools;
  • Building strong pre-apprenticeships and other work experience activities for students at all levels, strengthening the workforce pipeline for Vermont employers;
  • Focusing on key economic sectors identified for real growth in Vermont; and
  • Increased support for entrepreneurship and job development.

 

Under the federal guidelines, a Unified Plan will be filed by the Department of Labor, Agency of Education – Adult Education, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Plan should be of interest to education and training providers, business owners, economic development organizations, state and federal agencies, advocacy organizations, and Vermont citizens who may be interested in pursuing available services.

The draft plan document will be available on-line to review for public comment until March 30, 2016 at the Vermont Department of Labor’s website. Click here for the page.

AIV will provide additional information and contact information as it is made available. If you have any questions about engaging in this comment process, please contact us at info@aivt.org.