WIOA Youth Incentive Policy

Issuance No: P4
Issuance Date: March 29, 2011; Revised 6/10/14, 5/7/15, 12/3/15, 7/3/17
Subject: WIOA Youth Incentive Policy

Incentives are a way to encourage workforce participant’s involvement or to reward participants for achieving specific elements indicated in the participant’s employment plan.  An incentive is a payment to an eligible WIOA Youth registrant for the successful participation and achievement of expected outcomes as defined in the individual’s Individual Service Strategy (ISS).  The incentive must be linked to an achievement and must be tied to training and education, work readiness skills and/or an occupational skills attainment goal as identified in the ISS.  Such achievements must be documented electronically and in the participant’s file as the basis for an incentive payment.

Youth who have exited the program enrollment, but are in WIOA Youth Follow-up are eligible to receive Attainment of a Degree/Certificate and Placement/Retention incentives. Work Readiness and Skill Gain incentives must be earned during the Youth program enrollment period.

Incentive payments may be awarded for the following goal accomplishments or activities:   

  • Attainment of a Degree or Certificate;
  • Work Readiness;
  • Placement & Retention in Employment, Military, or Education; and
  • Skill Gains

Incentive payments may be awarded as cash incentives only. Incentives must be paid within 90 days of the date earned.

Maximum Incentive Amount: Total incentive payments are not to exceed $500 per person, per program year.

Incentive goals must be indicated on the Individual Services Strategy (ISS) goal planning worksheet and be a part of their employment plan.

Attainment of a Degree or Certificate

High School Diploma or GED: the participant must not possess this degree prior to enrollment; documentation will be a copy of the high school diploma, GED or official transcripts verifying completion of a diploma or GED.  The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the date of completion.

Recognized Credential: the participant must not possess the credential prior to youth program enrollment; documentation will be a copy of the certificate, degree or official transcript.   The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the date of completion.

Incentive amounts are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Work Readiness

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC): the participant must receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum WorkKeys score during program participation.

Missouri Job Center Workshop Attendance: documentation will be workshop attendance documented in Toolbox 2.0. Participants may earn this incentive up to four (4) times per program year.

Incentive amounts are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Placement in Employment or Education

Placement in Employment: the participant must obtain employment after enrollment in the program. A copy of employment information which may include check stub, letter of employment, etc. is to be in the participants file for data validation and must include the employment start date. Incentive payments will be offered for 3, 6, & 12 months of consecutive employment.

Placement in Military: the participant must enlist during WIOA youth program participation or by the 2nd quarter after exit. A second incentive will be awarded if the participant remains enlisted from participation or 2nd quarter through the 4th quarter after exit; appropriate documentation includes a copy of military records. The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the military enlistment date.

Enrolled in Post-Secondary Education or Training: the participant must enroll in or be enrolled in education during WIOA youth program participation or during the 2nd – 4th quarters after exit; appropriate documentation includes a copy of training records or school transcripts.  The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the begin date at the training facility.

Incentive amounts are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Skill Gains

Educational Functioning Level: documented achievement of at least one educational functioning level of a participant who is receiving instruction below the post-secondary level. Documentation of pre & post test scores is required.

State Unit’s Academic Standards: secondary or post-secondary transcript or report card for a sufficient number of credit hours that shows a participant is meeting the State unit’s academic standards. Documentation of transcript or report card is required.

Established Training Progress: satisfactory or better progress report toward established milestones, such as completion of one year of an apprenticeship program, completion of OJT or similar milestones, from a training provider. Documentation of training progress reports from the training provider is required.

Passage of Trade-Related Exam: successful passage of an exam that is required for a particular occupation or progress in attaining technical or occupational skills as evidenced by trade-related benchmarks such as knowledge-based exams. Examples: ServeSafe, forklift operator license, CPR, Med-Tech, OSHA, or any other trade required exam. Documentation of exam passage or acquired license is required.

Incentive amounts are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Northwest Region Incentive Payment Chart

Goal must be indicated on the employment plan and on the Individual Service Strategy (ISS) goal planning worksheet and met within the timeframe established in order to qualify for the incentive.  Appropriate Toolbox 2.0 services must be opened and service note(s) entered.  Maximum Incentive Amount:  Total incentive is not to exceed $500 per person per program year.

2017 Incentive Chart

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