The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board is federally mandated to implement the goals and objectives identified under the Federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act 2014 by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides an opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven – responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides guidance and oversight on design and implementation of WIOA.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

South Shore Workforce Development Board, Inc. 501(c)(3)

The MassHire South Shore Workforce Board has an established 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a primary purpose to raise funds and undertake programmatic activities and events to support the work and mission of the overall organization, and the MassHire South Shore Career Center.    The SSWDB Inc. is to provide resources and services that will connect businesses, education institutions, community organizations and public agencies with one another and job seekers in support of strategic, market driven workforce development goals within the South Shore region.

View our Engagement section to learn more about the programs and services provided and how to become involved.