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Dislocated Worker Programs help both workers and employers when staff reductions, business closings and mass layoffs occur. Assistance is available to all unemployed workers. Additional help may be available to qualifying "dislocated workers" if you have been laid off, received a notice of termination or layoff, or were self-employed and are now unemployed due to economic conditions or natural disaster.
GED and HSED
GED and HSED programs can open doors to the world of work. If you have not completed high school, a General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) may be required by employers. Contact you local Job Center or Technical College about details.
INDIVIDUAL TRAINING ACCOUNTS
Individual Training Account vouchers for training are available for eligible persons through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Contact the nearest Wisconsin Job Center location about eligibility for WIOA programs. View a statewide list of Eligible Training Providers.
Job Corps is a no-cost, residential training program for youth 16-24 who meet low income and other eligibility criteria. Wisconsin has two Job Corps locations:
Vocational Rehabilitation programs can help with re-training if you have been hurt or have work related limitations.
Wisconsin Works (W-2) provides support to cope with unemployment for families with children. W-2 is based on work participation and personal responsibility. Under W-2, there is no entitlement to assistance, but there is a place for everyone who meets eligibility requirements and is willing to work to their ability, or learn skills to achieve sustainable employment. The program is available to low-income parents with minor children, and may provide support programs such as child care assistance, Food Share and other work supports.
The WIOA Youth Program is a comprehensive, year-round programs for at-risk youth and young adults 14–24 years old. The program is administered by local Workforce Development Boards which contract with youth service providers to provide the required program elements. Participants have access to tutoring, study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, occupational skills training, leadership development opportunities, supportive services, adult mentoring, comprehensive guidance and counseling, financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, and activities to help prepare one for and transition to post-secondary education and training.
Youth Apprenticeship is a great option for high school students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction. Youth Apprenticeship is an element of Workbased Education objectives in Wisconsin.