If you're thinking about a career change but don't know if you have the necessary skills, we have good news. There are many occupations for which training might be available for you.

The federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 provides worker training, on-the-job training, work experience, apprenticeships, and Individual Training Accounts. Training is usually offered through community and technical colleges, universities, private for-profit organizations and businesses. Through a variety of training programs, WIA helps eligible individuals find self-sustaining employment. See our Training Provider section for more information.

WIA eligibility standards include age, income level, education and skills, and work circumstances. For example, someone who has been laid off or who has received notice of a layoff as a result of a permanent closure or substantial layoff at a plant may be eligible for special assistance. Some programs are designed especially for youth who are between 14 and 21 and have very limited income. Other programs are designed for adults 18 years of age and older.

Individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may qualify for financial aid
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