WIOA training at SHRM conference


Department of Labor director Frances Torres gives a presentation about the many programs of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act during the Society of Human Resources Management meeting last Wednesday at Hyatt Regency Saipan. (FAHIM UDDIN)

Department of Labor director Frances Torres and program coordinator Colleen Diaz presented the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act training program during the CNMI Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Saipan. 

WIOA youth program provides young people with a wide range of services to address employment related obstacles and prepare them for possibilities in post-secondary education and the workforce. 

“Similar to the youth program, adult jobseekers have access to an array of services that is focused on their education, training, and employment needs. DOL WIA provides equal opportunities to adult and youth career seekers,” said Torres. 

The program gives young people the chance to learn about the job market and start down a professional pathway of their choosing.

“Increasing the pipeline of skilled workers to meet the growing demands of our business community to drive economic growth.”

SHRM members inquired about the minimum wage and CW employees during the presentation 

Torres did, however, respond to the key queries by stating that they are addressing the problem.

These programs—incumbent worker training, and registered apprenticeship programs—were also developed by Torres.

She also touched on the WIOA youth programs and services, adult programs, and programs for displaced workers.

The Comprehensive Employment and training Act, which established the program, was passed in the 1970s. Its successor, the Job Training Partnership Act, was passed in 1982, and it was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act in 1998 and the current Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014.


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