President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA, like its predecessor, authorizes the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) to pay for occupational skills training that provides specific vocational skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual task and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at entry, intermediate, or advance levels and results in attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.
To ensure the state is compliant with WIOA, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is redesigning the Eligible Training Provider Online (ETPO) application. The new system will be called the Workforce Inventory of Education and Training (WIET). As a part of the redesign, the criteria to become an eligible training provider also have changed.
All providers of occupational skills training that leads to a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential must register in WIET to become an eligible training provider for WIOA. Attached is a list of the new data elements that must be entered to create your Provider Registration, Programs, and Program Locations, which you will manage and certify each year. You may view the attachment by clicking here.
The new WIET application will be launched in January 2016. There will be a set period of time for you to enter your provider registration and program(s) details into the new WIET application. You will receive another email that will contain all the details of the dates in January 2016 and the new website address that will allow you to register in the new WIET application.
If you provided on-the-job training, customized training or other training for the local workforce area that did not result in a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential, you will need to work with your point of contact in the local area to continue to provide those services as a local provider; however, you will not be part of the statewide eligible training provider list.
If you have any questions regarding the WIET Redesign, please contact the OMJ Help Desk at 1-888-296-7541, Option #4.
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