As September marks the start of yet another grant class of YouthBuild grants, it seems like a good time for us to provide a refresher on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the requirements it places on YouthBuild grantees.

In particular, we want to focus on reminding you where you can find important and relevant formal guidance on these requirements, as well as helpful technical assistance resources to provide answers to YouthBuild-specific WIOA implementation questions and share best practices on how to implement WIOA. This information should be helpful for both existing grant programs that need a WIOA refresher or have new staff, as well as for brand new programs that need to understand what steps they need to consider to hit the ground running with their first DOL YouthBuild grant. ~ Jenn Smith, National YouthBuild Director, U.S. Department of Labor 

It has been a few years now since the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, or WIOA, and YouthBuild grantees are now well into implementing the required changes from the law. Over the course of this past year, WIOA-related technical assistance has focused on partnering with the One-Stop system and understanding and planning for the WIOA performance indicators.

To ensure a smooth transition to WIOA, YouthBuild programs have been required to move even more towards a focus on employers and regional economies in terms of what is in demand, and strategically thinking about their role in the public workforce system as a partner program for the One-Stop system as the hub for integration of services and seamless delivery of those services.

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