Amount: $500 million is allocated to provide quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment. Priority use of funds is for services to public assistance recipients and other low income individuals. An additional $750 million is provided for a Program of Competitive Grants for Worker Training and Placement in High Growth and Emerging Industry Sectors.&
Services are provided through One-Stop Career Centers. There are three levels of service:
- Core services - includes outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information available to all job seekers;
- Intensive services - Includes more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning; and
- Training services - Customers are linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. Participants use an "individual training account" to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider.
- "Supportive" services such as transportation, childcare, dependent care, housing and needs-related payments are provided under certain circumstances to allow an individual to participate in the program.
- "Rapid Response" services at the employment site for employers and workers who are expected to lose their jobs as a result of company closings and mass layoffs are also available.
- Individuals whose layoff was created or affected by international trade, may access information and services under the Trade Act programs.
- States are responsible for program management and operations including enrollment, service delivery, and certification of training providers.