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WIOA requires that the State Workforce Agency maintain a list of institutions and their training programs that are eligible for Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).1 This list is called the "Eligible Training Programs List" (ETPL). The ETPL helps ensure training program quality and accountability as well as informed choice for WIOA participants selecting training.2 DWD-DET, as Wisconsin's State Workforce Agency, is responsible for overseeing and maintaining Wisconsin's ETPL.
Wisconsin's ETPL must be used to select ITA-funded training services for WIOA Title I Adult Program and Dislocated Worker Program participants who qualify for training3 and, it may be used for the same purpose for Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program participants.4 Other core and partner programs are not required to use the ETPL but the state may choose to leverage it as a resource.5 If an institution's training program is not on the list, it can take steps to add the program or, the program may be allowable as a non-ITA training option.6 The ETPL does not apply to services other than training.7
The State Workforce Agency plays a leadership role in ensuring the success of its ETPL, including:
establishing eligibility procedures for the ETPL, including consulting with the State WDB and soliciting and considering input from the local WDBs and other interested parties when developing eligibility procedures;
establishing a process for adding Registered Apprenticeship programs to the ETPL and verifying their "registered" status at least every two years;
ensuring programs meet information requirements and eligibility criteria, including any minimum levels of program performance;
ensuring eligibility is appropriately denied or terminated and that programs no longer meeting eligibility criteria are timely removed from the list;
taking appropriate enforcement actions against institutions that substantially violate the provisions of WIOA;
clarifying state-level and local WDB roles and responsibilities with carrying out the eligibility procedures;
making the list publicly available online using user-friendly, searchable databases;
presenting program information, including recognized postsecondary credentials offered, aggregated performance data and cost information, in a user-friendly fashion so individuals can make informed decisions;8
making program information available in formats accessible to individuals with disabilities;
ensuring that performance information does not reveal any personally identifiable information (PII);9
ensuring institutions comply with WIOA's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions;
establishing an appeals procedure for institutions to appeal the denial or termination of eligibility.10
An Individual Training Account (ITA) is the payment the local WDB or its service provider makes, on behalf of a participant, to a training institution for training services, when the institution and the program of interest are included on the State's Eligible Training Programs List (ETPL).
A Registered Apprenticeship is a proven business-driven model of job preparation that combines paid on-the-job training with related instruction to progressively increase workers' skill levels and wages. All Registered Apprenticeship programs consist of five core components:
direct business involvement in every step of the program design and execution;
structured on-the-job training;
related instruction or classroom style training that complements the on-the-job training;
increases in pay as skills and knowledge increase;
a nationally-recognized credential (aka a Certificate of Completion)