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WIOA Adult Worker Program

The WIOA Adult Worker Program is an employment and training assistance program offered by NHES in conjunction with Southern New Hampshire Services for New Hampshire residents ages 18 and older who meet the both the income and eligibility requirements and need assistance attaining or retaining employment.

What is the WIOA Adult program?

The WIOA Adult program assists workers in obtaining good jobs by providing them with job search assistance and training opportunities. Career services (basic and individualized) under the WIOA Adult program are available to adults who are employed or unemployed, and are unable to obtain employment, or retain employment, that leads to self-sufficiency. Training services may be available to employed or unemployed adults who have met the eligibility criteria under training services, and have been determined to be unable to obtain or retain employment through career services.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible, an individual must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, registered with Selective Service (if applicable), and meet the income guidelines to receive services under the Adult Program. Priority of service for WIOA Adult funds to provide individualized career services and training services is given to recipients of public assistance, other low-income individuals, and individuals who are basic skills deficient. In addition, veterans receive priority of service in all DOL-funded employment programs.

How Can the Adult Program Help?

WIOA Employment Counselor Specialist may provide the following services at no cost:

  • Occupational Skills Training through a catalogue of over 800 classroom-based trainings that can lead to an industry recognized credential
  • On-the-Job Training to create the opportunity to be hired by an employer with hands-on training, allowing the employee to “earn while they learn”
  • Support Services for additional assistance such as transportation reimbursement, child care reimbursement, uniforms, tools and other emergency services may be available to help eliminate or lessen barriers that prevent participation in a full-time training program
  • Vocational Assessments to help identify skills, interests, abilities and potential barriers to employment
  • Job-Market Outlook on the local labor market and in-demand occupations within New Hampshire
  • Career Path and Employment Plan Development to help guide that process
  • Educational Services and Skills Advancement in areas such as ESOL, HiSet preparation, basic reading, math, and computer literacy
  • Job Search and Readiness Activities including development of interviewing skills and resume writing

How To Apply

To schedule a meeting with a WIOA Employment Counselor, please call your local NH Works office Monday–Friday from 8:00 AM–4:30 PM. WIOA services are available statewide in all 12 NH Works offices. NH Works locations and contact information can be found here:


For assistance regarding the Adult Worker Program, please contact Matt Russell at Southern New Hampshire Services (mrussell@snhs.org).

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