The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) simplifies workforce governance and empowers local leaders to optimize resources and respond to local needs through sector strategies, employer engagement, and work-based learning. It establishes a framework for coordinated and integrated service delivery among workforce, education, and economic development systems at the state and local levels.
Illinois transmitted WIOA Policy 15-WIOA-5.3 on April 20, 2016, which outlines procedures, criteria, and information requirements for determining the initial and continued eligibility of training providers, including Registered Apprenticeship programs. The policy specifies that the CEO of each LWIA will serve as the grant recipient for WIOA funds, unless they choose to designate a grant subrecipient, as required by WIOA Section 107(d)(12)(B)(i).
The Illinois Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) sets procedures, eligibility criteria, and information requirements for determining training provider initial and continued eligibility, including Registered Apprenticeship programs. To be eligible to receive funds for the provision of training services, the provider must be an institution of higher education, an entity that carries out programs registered under the National Apprenticeship Act, or another public or private provider of a program of training services.
Registered Apprenticeship programs registered with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, or a recognized state apprenticeship agency are automatically eligible to be included as an eligible training provider.
Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIBs) must inform all RAPs in their local area of the requirements of the Eligible Training Provider List and WIOA regarding their inclusion on the Statewide ETPL as a training provider and training program. LWIAs must notify the Illinois Department of Commerce, Office of Employment and Training in writing of all Registered Apprenticeship programs that are requesting to be included on the Statewide ETPL.