On August 15th, US DOL announced a series of webinars to engage the public in implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Act was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014.
The full announcement can be found at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/TEN_6-14.pdf
Employers, states and their representatives are encouraged to participate in these webinars. The time frame to sign up for a number of the webinars is short.
US DOL is using the webinars as a vehicle to receive input from stakeholders in the public workforce system as WIOA is implemented. The webinars by date and topic include.
August 21 Strengthening the One Stop System
August 22 Job-Driven Training for Adults and Dislocated Workers
August 25 Integrated Performance Reporting and ETPL
August 26 Consultation with Consumers, Advocacy Groups, and Direct Service Providers on Services for Individuals with Disabilities
August 28 The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program
September 2 Services to Individuals with Disabilities
September 5 Services to Disconnected Youth
September 11 Strategic Program Alignment and Unified Planning
September 12 WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship
September 15 The Indian and Native American Program
All webinars are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern and last for 1 hour.
Granted the amount of time and format may make it difficult to have a policy discussion, however, it is an opportunity to make your suggestions and raise issues for consideration as the WIOA is implemented.
US DOL indicates that it will share the discussion questions for each webinar in advance on the Webinar registration page at http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA
To register to participate in one or more Webinars go to http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA.