The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federally funded program that provides training assistance to dislocated workers, welfare recipients and low income persons. See below for specific training opportunities and eligible training provider information.
In July 2012, Job Service North Dakota was awarded a $2 million dollar demonstration grant by the US Department of Labor. The purpose of the grant, called SkillBuildND (SBND), was to train unemployed, underemployed and dislocated Native Americans and veterans in oil-related and construction occupations.
By the end of 2013, SBND had funded training for 211 individuals. Many training completers, and 98 individuals not enrolled in training, received financial assistance for transportation/mileage, meals, lodging and other services to secure and retain employment in oil-related and construction occupations.
On January 1, 2014 – training funds were nearly depleted and applications were no longer accepted. There are a number of people currently enrolled in training who expect to finish before June 30, 2014. Job Service will continue to monitor progress and share outcomes. Take a look at these SkillBuildND success stories to find out more.
Through the Workforce Investment Act, Job Service North Dakota provides an array of services to help individuals meet their employment goals. A variety of job search assistance services are available to all individuals. Expanded services are available to qualifying individuals, and may include: in-state job search assistance; in-state relocation assistance; identification of skills, and assistance in upgrading skills.
The Workforce Investment Act On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training conducted in a work environment designed to enable individuals to learn a bona fide skill and/or qualify for a particular occupation through demonstration and practice.
After an OJT contract has been negotiated and signed, the employer then hires the participant(s) as a regular employee and begins training according to the contract. The goal of this training is to retain the trainee as a permanent employee. OJT involves individuals at the entry level. Training is designed to help participants reach their fullest potential and become self-sufficient in the job.
Classroom training is provided for both occupational skill development and basic or remedial skills. Typically, this training takes place within an established course curriculum offered through a secondary or post-secondary training institution. Tuition, books, fees, and supplies can be paid for through programs administered by Job Service North Dakota.
For more information, contact your nearest Job Service North Dakota office.
The Workforce Investment Act Youth Employment and Training Program provides youth with a broad range of year-round coordinated services. These services include academic and occupational learning assistance, leadership development, preparation for further education, additional training, and eventual employment. Youth have access to all of the ten required program elements as needed through Job Service North Dakota.
View the following brochures to learn more about youth employment and training:
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program provides assistance to workers who are losing or who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition. An employer, labor representative, or a group of workers may submit a petition to the Department of Labor for a determination. Additional information and the petition form may be found at www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
Services available under TAA include the following: