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How do you apply to a WIA training program?

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To apply for Workforce Investment Act job training programs, seek out local government agencies and organizations involved in career counseling and training. Local career websites provide detailed instructions for how to apply to WIA programs. Visit Careeronestop.com to search for WIA training providers by state.

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WIA programs help qualified unemployed individuals attain new job skills, get information about the current job market and assist with job placement. Individuals must meet all eligibility requirements in order to submit an application for training. General requirements include being a U.S. citizen who is 18 or older. High priority for intensive job training is given to people who experienced a job layoff and to those who are currently on public assistance or surviving on a low-income. While employed adults are also welcome to apply for WIA programs in order to remain self-sufficient in the workplace, there is no guarantee of acceptance since funds are limited.

In addition to job layoffs, WIA defines dislocated workers as people who have been terminated due to company reorganization, relocation or closures. Unemployed people receiving unemployment insurance benefits are accepted. Individuals who don't qualify for unemployment benefits, but can no longer work within the same industry are given access to WIA services. Job training assistance is also available to formally self-employed individuals and displaced homemakers. Participants are evaluated for career interests prior to training.

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