2020-24 WIOA Combined State Plan
WIOA Combined State Plan
As approved on Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board on May 5, 2020 and accepted by the Federal Government on June 29, 2020.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the governor of each state to submit a four-year unified or combined state plan outlining the state’s workforce development strategy.
Pennsylvania has prioritized five broad goals for the workforce development system:
Career Pathways and Apprenticeship: Develop a comprehensive career pathways system in PA and expand career pathways as the primary model for skill, credential, degree attainment, with an emphasis on assisting individuals to address barriers to employment, earn a family-sustaining wage, and advance their career.
Sector Strategies and Employer Engagement: Engage employers and industry clusters through innovative strategies to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs and services to labor market demand, including recruiting, training, and retaining talent.
Youth: Increase opportunities for all youth to experience work-based learning through summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, Registered Apprenticeship, internships, job shadowing, mentoring, and other experiences in the workplace, including developing employability skills.
Continuous Improvement of the Workforce Development System: Identify and enact system changes and improvements that enhance the collaboration and partnership between agencies and partners in the workforce development system.
Strengthening the One-Stop Delivery System: Implement improvements to one-stop service delivery to better serve all customers, including job seekers and employers.
Pennsylvania's Combined State Plan includes the six WIOA Core programs: (Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser, Adult Basic Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation), as well the following optional programs:
- Career and Technical Education Programs-Perkins Act
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
- Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs
- Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program
- Senior Community Service Employment Program
- Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program
- Community Services Block Grant
The state plan was drafted with input from the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Corrections, Education, Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and State.
Information on Pennsylvania’s 2016-20 WIOA State Plan
2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification (as substantially approved on June 11, 2018)
2018 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Modification Public Comments and Responses
2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)
2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan – Accessible Version (as substantially approved on June 16, 2016)
2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan (as initially submitted on March 17, 2016)
2016 Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan Public Comment and Responses
WIOA Waiver to allow Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) for In-School Youth (ISY)
Waiver to allow flexibility in the use of WIOA funds reserved by the Governor to provide statewide rapid response activities and other employment and training activities when a qualifying disaster event occurs A.K.A the “Disaster Waiver”
U.S. Department of Labor approved the commonwealth’s WIOA waiver request to allow flexibility in the use of the funds reserved by the Governor (i.e. WIOA section 134(a)) on November 13, 2020. Federal disaster assistance workforce development-oriented funds are often made available if an event is declared a disaster by a federal agency; however, there are significant time delays before federal funds are approved and allocated to states. This waiver allows the commonwealth to quickly respond to a local workforce development area’s request for disaster assistance by using unobligated WIOA governor’s reserved funds.
Regional and Local WIOA Plans
Pennsylvania’s 10 planning regions and 22 Local Workforce Development Boards submitted plans with strategies to implement the WIOA Combined State Plan and the commonwealth’s workforce development goals at the regional and local level. These regional and local plans were developed collaboratively with stakeholders and provide the framework for statewide workforce development alignment, creating a comprehensive workforce development system, and achieving the commonwealth’s WIOA goals.