What's New in Workforce Investment Archive: Headlines (2014)
White House Releases Fact Sheet – Opportunity for All: Empowering All Americans with the Skills Needed for In-Demand Jobs
Feb 3, 2014
Unemployment: White House Releases “Call to Action” Fact Sheet; NEC Prepares Report (Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment); “Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed” Also Now Available
The White House released a
on January 31, 2014
The President’s Call to Action to Give the Long-Term Unemployed a Fair Shot
The Fact Sheet contains these major sections:
The Fact Sheet notes:
$150 Million for “Ready to Work” Partnerships to Support Innovative Public-Private Efforts to Help the Long-Term Unemployed Get a Fair Shot. The President and Department of Labor are announcing $150 million in existing resources from the H-1B fund to support high performing partnerships between employers, non-profit organizations and America’s public workforce system that will help provide long-term unemployed individuals with the range of services, training, and access they need to fill middle and high-skill jobs. A solicitation for applications for these “ready to work” partnerships be available in February and awards will be made in mid-2014. In particular, these grants will reward partnerships with the following key features:
- Focus on Reemploying Long-Term Unemployed Workers. Programs will have to recruit long-term unemployed workers and employ strategies that are effective in getting them back to work in middle to high-skill occupations. These strategies could include assessments, job placement assistance, training, mentoring and supportive services such as financial counseling and behavioral health counseling.
- Work-based Training That Enables Earning While Learning Through Models Such as On-the-Job Training (OJT), Paid Work Experience, Paid Internships and Registered Apprenticeships. Incorporating work-based training into these projects will afford employers the opportunity to train workers in the specific skill sets required for open jobs.
- Employer Engagement and Support in Program Design – Including Programs That Commit to Consider Hiring Qualified Participants. Training programs funded by these grants must address the skills and competencies demanded by employers and high-growth industries, and ultimately lead to the employment of qualified participants. Preference will be given to applicants with employer partners that make a commitment to consider candidates who participate in these programs.
White House Releases Fact Sheet – Opportunity for All: Empowering All Americans with the Skills Needed for In-Demand Jobs (January 30, 2014)
Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment
A 31-page report prepared by the Executive Office of the President. The “Job-Driven Sector Strategies” section begins on page 19. The “New Job-Driven Models” section begins on page 29. The “Integrating Promising Practices into the Workforce System” begins on page 22.
Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed
Includes an alphabetical listing of the firms that have expressed a commitment to “inclusive hiring practices and pledge to remove barriers that may prevent qualified long-term unemployed job seekers from applying or being fully considered for jobs at our companies by adopting or building on (these) practices.”
Remarks by the President on Long-Term Unemployment