WIOA Title I Young Adult Services RFP – Award Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Career TEAM, LLC will provide WIOA Title I Young Adult Services in Pierce County. (Pending contract negotiations.)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Young Adult Services Request for Proposals (RFP)

***We are no longer accepting submissions for this RFP.***

WorkForce Central is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify and select a qualified subrecipient for Department of Labor federal funds to provide Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Young Adult Services in Pierce County. WIOA Title I Young Adult Services prepare in-school and out-of-school young adults ages 16-24 for employment; this includes career pathway exploration, training, education, work experience, supportive services, and follow-up.

The organization selected through this RFP will serve as the anchor WIOA Title I Young Adult core services provider for Pierce County, with an anticipated start date between April 1 – July 1, 2023. This organization will help young adults prepare to secure and retain living wage jobs, while contributing to the following goals for WIOA Title I Young Adult Services in our community:

  1. Improve outreach, services, and positive employment and education outcomes for young adults who are furthest from opportunities and who experience systemic barriers to employment.
  2. Collaborate and coordinate services with other WIOA Title I Young Adult Services providers, WorkSource Pierce partners, and community-based service providers.
  3. Increase use of innovative, high impact, and best practice strategies and programs that connect young adults to wraparound supports, training, education, and mentorship opportunities.


Potential bidders and others who may be interested in the WIOA Title I Young Adult Services RFP are invited to the virtual Bidders’ Conference on September 28, 2022, 1:00–3:00 pm for an opportunity to ask questions about RFP requirements and online proposal submission.

RFP Release 9/14/2022
Bidders’ Conference 9/28/2022, 1:00 – 3:00 pm PDT
Deadline for Questions 11/7/2022, 5:00 pm PST
Proposals Due 11/8/2022, 5:00 pm PST
Announcement of Subaward On or near 1/3/2023
Anticipated Subaward Start Date As early as 4/1/2023 but no later than 7/1/2023

Questions & Answers

Have a question? Use the RFP Question Form to submit your questions. Questions and answers will be posted to this webpage for public access as they become available. The deadline for questions is November 7, 2022, 5:00 pm PST.

Must a program offer all 14 Elements to be considered for this RFP? Or can a program propose to offer only 1 or 2 Elements and allow multiple contracts to be offered for completion of other services? I ask because many programs are expert in educational programs, but not necessarily in workforce programs, and vice versa.

The anchor provider of WIOA Title I Young Adult Services who is selected through this RFP must directly provide the following core activities, at a minimum:

  • Outreach, Recruitment and Orientation
  • Intake, Eligibility Determination and Enrollment
  • Objective Assessment
  • Individual Service Strategy (Employment Plan)
  • Case Management

At a minimum, the anchor provider must also directly provide and/or fund the following WIOA Title I Youth Program Elements:

  • Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences (WEX)
  • Occupational Skills Training (in collaboration with FAFSA or other tuition assistance programs, when applicable)
  • Supportive Services
  • Follow-up Services
  • Services that Provide Labor Market Information (LMI)
  • Postsecondary Preparation and Transition Activities

The anchor provider may directly provide or refer participants to the following WIOA Title I Youth Program Elements:

  • Tutoring, Study Skills Training and Dropout Prevention
  • Alternative Secondary School and Dropout Recovery Services
  • Education Offered Concurrently with Workforce Preparation
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Training

While the selected subrecipient will not be obligated to directly provide all 14 WIOA Title I Youth Program Elements, they must be familiar with community resources and partners who provide services they don’t, refer young adults to those services, and report on service delivery and outcomes.

The start date of the contract appears variable (April 2023 or no later than July 2023). So should we prepare a 12 month budget or a 17 month budget?

Please prepare a 12-month budget for your proposal.  If the selected bidder’s contract is longer than 12 months, the budget can be adjusted during contract negotiations.

Are the three current subproviders under the WIOA contract (KWA, NWEA, and Palmer Scholars) already funded to carry out their work in this coming project year, or does the Anchor provider applicant need to subcontract their dollars to them?

Bidders for the WIOA Title I Young Adult Services RFP do not need to include subcontracts with WorkForce Central’s current providers in their budget for the 2022-2023 program year.

Are partner provider letters of agreement/support required for the application, or is reference to them and the scope of the partnership in the project design description (and shown as subcontractor in the budget if appropriate) all that is needed?

Partner letters of agreement/support are not required for proposals. As applicable, proposals should include proposed partners’ names, the nature of the partnership, the partners’ scope of work, and inclusion in the budget if subcontracting.

If our organization is selected, how many young adults will be "carried over" from previous provider to the new contract? And will we know all of the stages of the 14 potential service elements that each has completed thus far? In short, what is the transition plan for a change in provider?

The number of young adults who may transition to the bidder selected through this RFP will be determined after selection and during contract negotiation.  The status of each young adult and services they have received is recorded in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), the WA State management information system, to which the new provider will have access.

Our organization was selected as one of the training providers in the cohort training vendor list from over the next three years, between January 2022 – December 2025. There is a WIOA-YOUNG ADULT – 9-14-2022 RFP that has come out and we would like to apply for this. Since we have already been chosen as the training vendor, do we need to submit another proposal? Do we need to go through the entire submission process again?

The organization selected as the anchor provider of WIOA Title I Young Adult Services will have a significantly different role than the organizations approved as cohort training providers through WorkForce Central’s Industry Skills Cohort Training RFQQ.  If your organization is interested in this new opportunity, please submit a proposal for the WIOA Title I Young Adult Services RFP.

Can we use WorkForce Central as a reference for our proposal?

WorkForce Central cannot provide references for organizations submitting proposals in response to our RFPs due to potential or perceived conflict of interest.

Is there a way to see the draft in a PDF of the online application while working in it or even once all questions have been answered? What is the solution to be able to print off a full draft for readability and sharing amongst team members prior to final submission?

This method to print a proposal in progress or save as a PDF should work for everyone.  Go to Print using Control + P on your keyboard, then either print the document or save it as a PDF.  To save it as a PDF:  1) go to the “Printer” (or “Destination”) field, 2) scroll thru choices and click “Save as PDF,” 3) click “Save,” 4) save the PDF document to the desired location.  The print or PDF save process will need to be repeated for each proposal section (e.g., “Proposal Questions”).  Alternatively, bidders can save their proposal in progress and receive a link to their proposal by email.  This link can be shared for proposal collaboration, review, and authorization before submitting.  Bidders will have access to a PDF of their proposal after submission.

I am concerned that I am not getting character limits showing in each text box—usually one cannot proceed in an online application with next question if over the character limit, but this application is not “controlling” for that.

The response fields in the online proposal form will not let you keep typing once the maximum characters are reached.  If you cut and paste text into the response field, that text will be cut off at the character limit.

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