Truck Driver Training With Workforce Investment Act Grants

Photo of job candidate before entering the Workforce Development programThe Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federal law passed in 1998 to replace the Job Training Partnership Act. This law provides training for those who have been laid off, are changing career paths or are seeking to improve their skills to secure a new job.

National Training, Inc., is an approved provider of training funded by State, Regional Workforce Boards. Participants in this program who receive a grant can take our truck driving or heavy equipment operator training with National for little or no cost.

Services under the WIA include the “Core,” “Intensive” and “Training” phases. The program also includes Workforce Investment Act grants. Applicants who receive the WIA grant must complete the first two phases before training can begin.

How to Apply for Workforce Investment Act Grants

  1. Meet the basic requirements to apply for the training and WIA grant. You must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Applicants must have been laid off, with no opportunity to be rehired to receive training grants.
  2. Evaluate your current skills. Anyone having difficulty finding a new job due to inadequate skills is eligible for the WIA grant.
  3. Register for selective service in a WIA program. Male applicants age 18 to 26 must be registered to be eligible for the WIA grant (see Resources).
  4. Visit a One-Stop Career Center (see Resources). Express interest in the WIA grant and ask about a waiting list. Most career centers maintain waiting lists for WIA applicants and will assign these applicants to WIA case workers as they become available. The wait may last several weeks.
  5. Use the core services, which include outreach services, job searches, placement assistance and labor market information. As part of the Workforce Investment Act, One-Stop Career Centers offer these services.
  6. Begin the “Intensive” phase. Your case worker will take you through this phase, which includes preparing your application, assessing your career and making an employment plan.
  7. Provide documents to support your application. You will need to show your driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate or passport, notification of your layoff, notice of eligibility for unemployment insurance, a completed job application and a resume.
  8. Use the WIA training services. Once you have received approval for your WIA grant, select a training provider and begin occupational training.
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