About the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first major reform of the nation's job training system in over 15 years, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 7, 1998 and went into effect July 1, 2000.

The purposes of WIOA are to give American workers the chance to equip themselves with the skills and information needed to compete in the new economy and to help workers take responsibility for building a better future for themselves and their families.

To accomplish the goals of this new legislation, a new workforce investment system was built on the following key principles:

Customer Choice

The underlying principle of WIOA training services is customer choice. One-Stop Centers will provide individuals access to this website so that they can review the comprehensive list of WIOA eligible training providers (ETPs) that can assist them in gaining the skills they are looking for.

If you would like more information about WIOA, contact a WIOA One-Stop Center or visit www.doleta.gov/usworkforce.