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Implementing Transitional Jobs Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Why and How Workforce Boards Should Leverage WIOA Dollars for Transitional JobsFebruary 10, 2016
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allows local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to use up to 10 percent of Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker funds to implement Transitional Jobs (TJ) programming for individuals facingbarriers to employment.Leveraging available funds to implement TJ is a key way communities can help ensure that a greater share of jobseekers facing barriers to employment have access to employment programming that meets their needs and interests and prepares them for success in work.This brief provides an overview of the TJ model, makes the case for why WIBs should implement TJ, and offers strategies for how communities can implement TJ in an environment of limited resources.
These are the slides from NI's presentation at the 2016 Beyond Housing Conference, hosted by the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness. These slides give an overview of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and opportunities under WIOA to better serve youth experiencing homelessness. These slides also highlight best and promising employment program practices, principles, and strategies for Opportunity Youth. Finally, these slides give an overview of Bright Endeavors, a Chicago-based social enterprise that connects young moms experiencing or at risk of homelessenss to employment.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: A Better Approach to Serving Youth Facing Barriers to EmploymentNovember 16, 2015
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) changes the ways in which states and communities provide employment services to youth through the public workforce system. These older and out-of-school youth will likely face additional barriers to employment and have different service needs when compared with younger and in school youth. To effectively meet the employment needs of out-of-school youth, states and communities will need to change the type, intensity, and scope of the employment services they offer under WIOA.There are lessons that workforce boards and their partners can learn from prior efforts to enhance and expand youth summer jobs programming to better serve at-risk, older, and out-of-school youth as well as community-based programs targeting youth who face serious and significant barriers to employment. This brief draws on some of those lessons to offer practical program design recommendations for enhancing WIOA youth services to better accommodate older and out-of-school youth.
These are the slides from a webinar hosted by the NationalAlliance to End Homelessness featuring the National Initiatives Team and the Home&Work Connections Project site based in Seattle King County. The webinar gives an overview of NI's WIOA Planning & Implementation Toolkitand lifts up strategies to ensure that WIOA implementation meets the needs of homeless jobseekers. The webinar also highlights Home&Work's innovative work to better connect the workforce development and homeless services systems.
Letter to HFSC: Raising Awareness of Improving Access to Workforce Programs for Extremely Low Income HouseholdsNovember 5, 2015
Heartland Alliance and CSH submitted a letter the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) raising concerns about imposing time limits and work requirements for households receiving federal housing assistance. CSH and Heartland Alliance are working on improving coordination between housing providers and workforce development programs, as envisioned by the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The letter expresses concern that imposing this restrictions would destabilize households that are trying to access new workforce training programming.
Maximizing Discretionary Dollars: How the Governor's WIOA Discretionary Fund Can Serve Adults and Youth Facing Barriers to EmploymentOctober 20, 2015
State WIOA Governor's discretionary funds can be used to expand access to employment, training, education, and support services for adults and youth facing barriers to employment. Here are some ideas for how your state can maximize the use of these funds to support low-income individuals facing barriers to employment in your state.
Making the Case: Why the Public Workforce System Should Prioritize Jobseekers Facing Barriers to EmploymentOctober 20, 2015
WIOA places a priority on serving adults and youth who are low-income and receiving public benefits, but local and state public workforce systems will need to make deliberate decisions with regard to resource allocation and prioritization of adults and youth facing barriers to employment.Here are six reasons why the public workforce should prioritize and serve adults and youth facing barriers to employment.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statute, state and local WIOA boards arerequired to perform several functions with regard to setting priorities for the public workforce system,governance, and allocating resources. Here is a snapshot of the functions of state and local WIOA boards.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statute, local and state WIOA boards much develop and submit four-year strategic and operational plans to guide their implementation of WIOA. Here is a snapshot of the items that must be included in local and state WIOA plans, including Combined State Plans.
These Community asset mapping questions can begin to guide communities in assessing workforce services and supports available for adult and youth jobseekers facing barriers to employment. Communities are encouraged to consider other assessment questions they may want ask as well.
It Takes a Community: Ensuring WIOA Planning and Implementation Lead to Greater Economic Opportunity for Adults and Youth Facing Chronic UnemploymentOctober 20, 2015
The passage and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has the potential to catalyze efforts in local communities and states to address the employment needs and interests of a greater share of adults and youth facing barriers to employment and to develop a more comprehensive and aligned public workforce system to meet these jobseekers' needs.Realizing these goals, however, will require concerted and deliberate efforts by local communities and states acting in partnership with a number of stakeholders and public systems. Leveraging the local and state planning processes and other opportunities embedded in WIOA, this brief aims to provide stakeholders with ideas and actionable recommendations for helping to ensure that the public workforce system under WIOA increases employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers facing barriers to employment.
Under the newly-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the public workforce system aims to increase employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers facing barriers to employment, including homeless jobseekers. At the same time, there is growing awareness and accountability in the homeless services system around increasing employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.WIOA allows states to submit Combined State Plans describing how the workforce and homeless services systems can work together. This is a unique opportunity for these systems to align services to help meet their shared goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity among homeless jobseekers.
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