What is WIA?
The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) provides the framework for a national workforce preparation and employment system. WIA authorizes and funds a number of employment and training programs in the state. Workforce investment activities authorized by WIA are provided at the local level to individuals in need of those services including job seekers, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities and employers. WIA’s primary purpose is to provide workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, increase occupational skill attainment by participants and provide qualified workers to employers. In Loudoun County, these services are provided through the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center
These programs help prepare individuals to participate in the state’s workforce, increase their employment and earning potential, improve their educational and occupational skills, and reduce their dependency on welfare, which will improve the quality of the workforce, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the economy.
The Workforce Investment Act Offers Three Levels of Service
Level One: Core Services – Open to Everyone
- Job search
- Use of computers with internet access
- Telephone and message line
- Resume review
- Resources such as books and pamphlets
- Financial aid applications
- Information about local partner services
- Onsite recruiting events
- Career interest and exploration surveys
- Career development workshops
- Interview preparation
- And much more!
Level Two: Intensive Services – Open to WIA Eligible Clients
To find out if you are eligible for WIA Intensive Services, contact the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center to register for a WIA Orientation session.
- Receive one-on-one career guidance and planning as well as job related assessments from an Employment Counselor
- Develop an Individual Employment Plan with realistic goals and strategies that will lead to successful employment.
- Pre-vocational services such as practicing interviewing skills, ESL classes, researching training opportunities.
- Follow-up services for 12 months after employment for job retention and career progression.
Still Unable to Find Employment?
Level Three: Training Services - Open to Intensive Services' Clients who are Unable to Obtain Employment with Intensive Services
- Using WIA-approved training vendors, identify appropriate job trainings based on the local labor market - employment outlook, hiring trends and wages.
Need additional help?
- Have some barriers that are making it difficult to find a job?
- Unsure what type of job to pursue?
- Looking for a career change?
Then contact the Loudoun Workforce Resource Center and ask to speak to an Employment Counselor:
Address: 102 Heritage Way, N.E., First Floor, Rear Entrance
Leesburg, VA 20176