Per TEGL 19-16, Section 134(c)(3)(E) of WIOA, with respect to funds allocated to a local area for Adult employment and training activities, priority must be given to recipients of public assistance, other low income individuals, and individuals who are basic skills deficient for receipt of Individualized Career Services and Training Services. Also per TEGL 19-16, Veterans and eligible spouses continue to receive priority of service for all DOL-funded job training programs, which include WIOA programs. However, as described in TEGL 10-09, when programs are statutorily required to provide priority for a particular group of individuals, such as the WIOA priority described above, priority must be provided in the below manner:
1. Priority Group # 1 - Veterans and eligible spouses who are also recipients of public assistance, low income, or basic skill deficient.
2. Priority Group # 2 - Non-Veterans who are recipients of public assistance, low income, or basic skill deficient.
3. Priority Group # 3 - Veterans and eligible spouses who are not also recipients of public assistance, low income, or basic skill deficient.
4. Priority Group # 4 – Priority groups established by the Governor and/or Local Board. Per TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Workforce Services Guidance – WIOA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) / One-Stop Service Delivery and Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA), the following demographics experiencing barriers to employment are specifically targeted for services and must be provided priority for training activities as Priority Group # 4:
• Individuals with significant barriers to employment
• Displaced homemakers
• Eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers
• Re-entry services • Homeless individuals
• Individuals facing substantial cultural barriers
• Individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities
• Individuals within two years of exhausting lifetime eligibility under Part A of the Social Security Act13
• Individuals who are English language learners
• Individuals who are unemployed, including the long-term unemployed Individuals who have low levels of literacy
• Individuals without a high school diploma
• Low income individuals (including TANF and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] recipients)
• Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians
• Older individuals
• Single parents (including single pregnant women and non-custodial parents)
• Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
5. Priority Group # 5 - Non-covered persons outside the groups given priority under WIOA or TDLWD policy.
In order to appropriately serve priority populations as described above, LWDA12 will provide appointments accordingly within the timeframes described below:
Priority Group # 1 - the first available appointment, but no longer than three (3) working days.
Priority Group # 2 - the first available appointment, but no longer than four (4) working days.
Priority Group # 3 - the first available appointment, but no longer than five (5) working days.
Priority Group # 4 - the first available appointment, but no longer than six (6) working days.
Non-covered persons outside the groups given priority under WIOA or TDLWD policy will be scheduled at the first available appointment, subject to currently scheduled PRIORITY appointments.
Additionally, the LWDA has an outreach plan in place addressing how to serve communities that lack a brick and mortar AJC with regard to outreach activities.