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Education Final 09-15-11 -   1.5 - WIA Training Participation

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
1.5 - WIA Training Participation
How many WIA participants are enrolled in training?
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Data Notes
Data Source: SKIES Database (data pulled by ESD WorkSource Standards and Integration Division)
Measure Definition: The WIA participants in training measure includes those who are in WIA-funded training, those who are in training funded through a WDC-administered funding source (such as 5809 state funds) and those in training funded completely outside of WIA (such as Worker Retraining or Pell grants).
Target Rationale: There is no target for this measure because the provision of training is dependent on WIA participant needs; also it is not one of the federal measures that drives WIA performance.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Goal 2, Objective A: Advance a unified and integrated system that promotes economic development by educating and training Washington's workers for skills that are in demand in the workplace.
Relevance: Training is a critical component of the workforce system that ESD strives to strengthen through state leadership and community partnership.
Notes: (Optional) The Workforce Investment Act allows local areas to determine the best use of funds within a range of options, including training.
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Action Plan: No
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

In June 2011, there were nearly 4,000 WIA participants enrolled in training. Since May 2009, in any given month, between 3,100 and 5,800 WIA participants were enrolled in a training program. A total of 13,400 unique participants, or 59 percent of all WIA participants, were in training at some point since May 2009. There is no target for training because services are tailored to WIA participants’ needs. In addition, training opportunities are limited by available funding. WIA participants in training tend to have higher employment outcomes that those not in training. 83% of WIA training participants got a job within three months of exiting the program as compared to 78% of WIA participants who did not participate in training (for those who exited between October 2008 and September 2009).

The number in training is higher than it had been a few years ago because of the availability of Recovery Act and state incentive funds (E2SSB 5809). Much of the increase in training was in the form of contracted group training (light blue shading), which was encouraged through the availability of matching funds from the state. The additional funding for contracted training had to be spent by June 2011, so training participation is expected to drop going forward. In general, the number in training always drops in July due to people completing their programs in June and this year it will be even more pronounced because of the funding situation. 

Because employment outcomes are not available until nearly a year after a person exits the program, there are minimal contracted group training participant employment outcomes to report at this time. ESD will submit a report to the legislature in December 2011 which will have employment outcomes for the portion of students who exited prior to December 31, 2010. Of group training participants who exited the program prior to June 30, 2011, 87% completed their group training course and 4% quit their course early because they found a job.

The darker blue shading indicates WIA participants in training programs other than contracted group training. They may be in on-the-job training or enrolled in regular classes offered at community colleges or private career schools.  

Tuition payment is a key WIA service that many participants utilize. However, many WIA participants are in training funded by other sources, such as Pell Grants or Opportunity Grants, and use WIA to provide childcare, transportation, books and career counseling. These support services are critical in enabling participants to complete their training.