Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Employment & Training Assistance
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program can assist eligible adults and dislocated workers with employment and training services, including career guidance, resume and job search assistance, occupational trainings and credentials, paid work experience opportunities, work uniforms, tools, and other supportive services.
Please Note: The WIOA program is coordinated regionally. Orientation and eligibility determination for Northern Virginia is managed by Fairfax County. Once determined eligible, individuals can enroll and receive WIOA services at a Virginia Career Works center of their choice, including the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center.
WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs and Virginia Career Works – Northern are an equal opportunity program/employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations, to include auxiliary aids and services, are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Are you an individual with a low-income or receiving public assistance and have been struggling to find employment?
- Do you need to upgrade your skills to gain sufficient employment?
- Do you want to increase your income?
- Have you been struggling to find employment?
- Were you laid off from your last job?
How to Get Started
To learn more about the program and to find out if it is right for you, follow these steps:
WIOA Information Sessions are hosted by our colleagues in Fairfax County and are held via Zoom on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Registration is required. Upon registration, a Zoom link will be emailed to you by a Fairfax WIOA partner. For assistance with registration, email Sothea Nou.
If you are unable to attend a session or watch the video, contact the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center at 703-777-0150 (press Option 1) to discuss other options with our Employment Resource Navigator.
2. Complete an application. Download the WIOA Eligibility Application Packet, complete the forms, and collect the required documents.
3. Meet with us. Schedule an eligibility determination appointment with an Intake Specialist from our partners at the Fairfax County office. Once determined eligible and you wish to enroll, the Intake Specialist will refer your case to a WIOA Case Manager at the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, unless you elect to receive services at a Center in Prince William or Fairfax counties.
The WIOA Youth Program is a federal initiative aimed at strengthening the public workforce system in the United States. It supports youth who are experiencing significant employment barriers, find high-quality jobs and careers while assisting employers in hiring and retaining skilled workers.
Eligible participants are between the ages of 17 and 24, legally allowed to work in the US, meet low-income guidelines, and are registered for Selective Service if applicable. Have experienced one or more of the following obstacles for employment:
- Basic skills deficiency (below 9th grade in Reading or Math)
- Dropping Out of School
- Being a Runaway
- Being in or aging out of Foster Care
- Pregnant or parenting
- English Language Learner
Career & Leadership Development
- Provision of Labor Market Information
- Detailed information on careers
- Career & Academic Assessments
- Job Readiness Training
- Resume Building
- Interview Coaching
- Tips on How to Keep a Job
- Work Experiences
- Job Shadowing
- Seasonal Paid Internships
- Educational Support
- Online Tutoring Software
- GED classes and exams
- Occupational Skills Training
- Multiple career certification programs
- Training assistance
- Industry recognized credentials and state board exams
- Postsecondary preparation and transition activities (College Exploration)
- Application and entry exam assistance
- Financial aid exploration
- Other Support
- Leadership Development
- Supportive Services
- Transportation Assistance
- Professional Clothing
- Books and other supplies
- Background Checks
- Follow up services
- How do I Apply?
- Visit vcwnorthern.com/wioayouth/
- Follow instructions under "How do I Apply?"
- Download and complete the WIOA Youth intake packet found under "How do I Apply?"
- Gather the following documents:
- Social Security Card
- Driver's License or Picture ID
- Proof of Citizenship/Right to Work (examples: Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Residence Card (Green Card), Voter ID or work permit that is valid for at least on year or more
- School records
- Email Virginia Walsh or call 703-324-4415 for next steps.