Occupational skills training, one of the 14 program elements for the WIOA youth program, is an organized program of study that provides specific vocational skills that lead to proficiency in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at entry, intermediate, or advanced levels. 
Occupational skills training:
• is outcome-oriented and focused on an occupational goal specified in the individual service strategy for the youth;
• is of sufficient duration to impart the skills needed to meet the occupational goal; and
• leads to the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

Check out the resources below for information and ideas on providing occupational skills training for youth.


Reports and Toolkits

Sector-Specific Resources

Career One-Stop/America Job Center Resources


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