Veterans’ Program Staff Training JVSG Program Staff Roles & Responsibilities USDOL VETS Overview USDOL/VETS funded programs are those authorized under Title 38, as amended by P.L. 107-288 and through the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA) Offer a noncompetitive Jobs for Veterans State program to eligible veterans Grants (JVSG) Offer competitive grants for veterans with special needs Provide Veterans’ program monitoring and training through service reporting, desk audit tool, and Technical Assistance Visits to provide guidance 2 USDOL VETS Programs Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Homeless Female & Family Veteran Reintegration (HFVRP) Program Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) Transitioning Incarcerated Veterans’ Program (TIVP) VA work study program Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program 3 Veterans Initiatives & Updates With the expected return of Soldiers, Sailors and National Guard members from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an increase in Military draw downs for all services, new initiatives and policies are being established at the Local, State and National levels to promote the continued employment of our Veterans Veteran’s Program DEO administers the JVSG and services are delivered through RWB One-Stop Career Centers From 7-1-11 to 6-30-12: • • • • • • Veterans, Eligible Persons, and TSMs served – 110,505 Received Staff Assisted Services – 98,021 Referred to Employment – 57,541 Referred to WIA Services – 4,122 Received Intensive Services – 8,361 Entered Employment – 60,755 (54%) 2012 - Florida’s workforce partners are placing, on average, more than 500 veterans into jobs each week. 5 Florida’s Workforce System Policy Administration and Operation Local Delivery System Workforce Florida, Inc. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 24 Regional Workforce Boards •Strategic Planning •Research & Development •Policy Direction •Budget Approval •Funding Allocations •Chartering Regional Boards •Local Workforce Board Plan Approval •Workforce System Performance Guidance •Program Development & Guidance •Performance Management & Oversight •Federal Performance & Financial Reporting •Compliance & Financial Monitoring •Technical Assistance & Support •Workforce Staff Training & Development •Labor Market Statistics •Operation of Local One-Stop Career Centers •Workforce Service Delivery to Job Seekers and Employers •Local Workforce Plan Development & Implementation •Local Compliance & Financial Oversight and Accountability •Local Workforce Performance & Financial Tracking and Reporting 6 Office of Workforce Program Support Provide support services to Regional Workforce Boards Disseminate program information, guidance, training and technical assistance, program monitoring, performance evaluation and federal reporting, management of workforce contracts and grants and financial systems and data tracking for workforce system. Manage the contract for Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) system and coordinate required system enhancements, etc. 7 DEO Staff at Local One-Stops Chapter 445.009, Florida Statutes requires: Regional Workforce Boards enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with DEO to govern the delivery of employment services Employment services must be provided under the guidance of the One-Stop operator Local management direct the day to day activities of DEO staff The Regional Workforce Boards determine how many staff based on the amount of funding 8 Local Veteran’s Program Florida’s One-Stop Career Centers are staffed with professionally trained Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs) to fill a particular niche in the overall set of services for Veterans and provide specialized services • DVOP specialists focus on providing Intensive Services to economically or educationally disadvantaged Veterans • LVER staff focus on conducting Employer Outreach on behalf of Veterans 9 JVSG Staff Training All DVOP and LVER staff will complete National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) required courses within 18 months of hire. http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/home/homePage.htm Orientation to Veteran Services (LES Prerequisite) http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/training/orientation.htm USERRA 101 & 102 (Recommended) userra101 userra102 Veterans’ Benefits Online (Highly Recommended) Labor & Employment Specialist (LES) Required for all staff Case Management (CM) Required for DVOPs Promoting Partnerships for Employment (PPE) Required for LVERs 10 DVOP Roles & Responsibilities Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists prepare economically or educationally disadvantaged veterans & veterans with significant barriers by providing intensive services to reduce or eliminate potential employment obstacles. DVOP staff facilitate services to veterans with special workforce needs through case management and provide referrals to employers for qualified Veterans. 11 Intensive Services & Case Management All veterans who are pursuing employment will be registered in the EFM system. Veterans with barriers to employment will be provided with the necessary initial assessment and the required documented intensive services, as well as case management where needed. Case Management can be established in the EFM. Assessments and Employment Development Plans created in EFM. (EDPs) can be 12 DVOP Activities & Services To prepare disadvantaged veterans for employment, match them with support services and reduce or eliminate barriers to employment DVOPs provide: Assessment, Counseling, Intensive Services & Case Referral to supportive services & jobtraining, certification, etc. Management focused/outcome- driven Job development services and employer visits for JD Job Referrals Maintain up-to-date Network Guide Organizational Outreach (to be discussed in detail later) 13 EFM Services Reminders Complete Veteran registrations, including skills profile & Resume Provide meaningful service (services with asterisks commence or extend participation) Accurate and concise case notes in EFM Veteran File Search and Skills/Job matching Identify self-registered veterans Client messaging for effective communication Alerts as reminders or triggers to veterans 14 LVER Roles & Responsibilities LVERs primary role is Employer Outreach Ensure priority for veterans in the One-Stop Conduct Veterans' Program training for all One-Stop Center associates Career Develop and maintain Federal Contractor List http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm http://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/fl/ LVERs also serve as advocates for employment and training opportunities with businesses, industries and community organizations. 15 LVER Advocacy Role Plan, conduct and participate in Job Fairs Communicate with Unions, Apprenticeship Programs, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Units Facilitate and participate in Employer Mass Recruitments and expanding firms for new Facilitate Employer Recruiting Agreements Communicate with other venues and organizations providing services to veterans 16 Service Strategies for Success Educate staff/partners (associates, managers, etc.) Stay current on veteran related programs (local, state, US) Become aware of and utilize available resources (job tools, Networks, training, etc.) websites, Coordinate and effectively managers on veterans’ issues Center communicate with One-Stop Promote full integration of veterans’ employment services Share Best Practices, Success Stories, New Ideas, Etc. on Quarterly Manager’s Report and with other RWBs 17 Ultimate Strategy for Success Follow-up ! Follow-up !! Follow-up !!! 18 Summary USDOL/VETS Veterans initiatives & Updates Organizational Relationships DEO Veterans Program JVSG staff Roles and responsibilities 19 Contact Information Shawn Forehand Paul Furbush State Veterans’ Program Coordinator Asst. Veterans’ Program Coordinator Phone:(850) 245- 7424 /Fax: (850) 921-3495 Phone:(850) 921-3867 [email protected] [email protected] Additional Resources: DEO Veterans’ Workforce program Resources www.floridajobs.org/workforce-board-resources/program-resources DOL Vets Veterans Program Letters http://www.dol.gov/vets/vpls/VPLDirectory.html DVOP/LVER Assistance | Laws, Rules & Regulations http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/resources/laws.htm An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.