Skip to content
  ETA Home   Workforce Professionals>    

What's New in Workforce Investment?

Workforce Investment News Archive

ETA Issues Training Employment Notice 10-15: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Technical Amendments Act
Oct 1, 2015
The Employment and Training Administration has released Training and Employment Notice 10-15--Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Technical Amendments Act has been posted to the ETA Advisory Web site and disseminated to the workforce development system.

This TEN describes changes made to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) through passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Technical Amendments Act.

Department of Labor Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach
Oct 1, 2015
The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment Training Service announced today it is seeking nominations for the Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO, or the Committee). As required by statute, the members of the Committee are appointed by the Secretary from the general public. DOL seeks nominees with the following experience:

(1) Diversity in professional and personal qualifications; (2) Experience in military service; (3) Current work with Veterans; (4) Veterans disability subject matter expertise; (5) Experience working in large and complex organizations; (6) Experience in transition assistance; (7) Experience in the protection of employment and reemployment rights; and/or (8) Experience in education, skills training, integration into the workforce and outreach.

The Secretary shall appoint at least twelve, but no more than sixteen, individuals to serve as Special Government Employees of the ACVETEO as follows: Seven individuals, one each from the following organizations: (i) The Society for Human Resource Management; (ii) the Business Roundtable; (iii) the National Association of State Workforce Agencies; (iv) the United States Chamber of Commerce; (v) the National Federation of Independent Business; (vi) a nationally recognized labor union or organization; and (vii) the National Governors Association. The Secretary shall appoint not more than five individuals nominated by veterans' service organizations that have a national employment program and not more than five individuals who are recognized authorities in the fields of business, employment, training, rehabilitation, or labor and who are not employees of DOL. The term of membership for all Committee members is February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2018.

Click here for full background, the Committee?s responsibilities, the requirements for nomination submission, and contact for submission (Gregory Green). Nominations are due by October 15.

Department of Labor Announces 72 Grants under YouthBuild Program
Oct 1, 2015

The Department of Labor has recently announced the award of nearly $76 million in YouthBuild grants to support additional academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. The grants range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 72 YouthBuild programs in 31 states, the District of Columbia and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Nation. Of the recipients in this award, 22 eligible applicants that have not previously received a YouthBuild grant were selected this year.

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations. The program serves 16-to-24 year-olds who have dropped out of high school and who have been in the justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones. The grants will serve an estimated 4,800 participants in the next three years.

This announcement marks the first round of YouthBuild grants awarded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The law, which became effective on July 1, 2015, led to several changes to YouthBuild. These changes include putting greater focus on improving the quality and energy efficiency of buildings serving low-income and homeless individuals and families; expanding the eligibility to include youth who have dropped out of high school but subsequently reenrolled; and supporting further program alignment with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

YouthBuild's mission aligns closely with the goals of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can realize their full potential.

Click here for the press release and listing of grantees and award amounts.

Customer Centered Design: Implementing New WIOA Provisions with the Customer in the Center
Sep 30, 2015

A recent update from Virginia Hamilton, Regional Administrator for Employment and Training Administration's San Francisco Regional Office

In July 2015, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act went into effect. States and local governments across the country are moving from a 15 year old federal law into the implementation of a new law that both takes into account the best practices of local programs across the country, and pushes the pubic workforce system to do even more.

WIOA implementation gives states and local governments huge opportunities to step back from business as usual and, with the customer in mind, design services for their customers. By using the principles of Human Centered Design, in practice used in the private sector and increasingly in government, the workforce system will learn to produce better outcomes and higher customer satisfaction.

More than 80 teams across the country are now participating in a seven week free class, sponsored by IDEO +Acumen, that teaches methods to design government services by looking first at what a customer needs. This revolutionary approach will build the capacity of the workforce system to better empathize with job seekers, employers who need skilled workers, and out of school youth, and to design more personalized services to help them get the skills, workers and jobs they need.

After the seven week intensive participatory class, states and local governments will have five weeks to implement what they have learned. The teams which meet a set of criteria, will be invited to attend a Learning Exchange and Celebration at the White House. The three challenges being addressed by the teams are:

  • How might we improve the customer experience and outcomes for our shared One-Stop Customers?
  • How might we put employers in the center of our sector strategies and career pathway work?
  • How might we design services and programs for out of school youth that will engage them and produce great outcomes?

Department of Labor Announces Sixth Round of Disability Employment Initaitive Funding
Sep 30, 2015

Six states will receive grants totaling $14,911,243 to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced. The grants to Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint initiative of the department's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

This is the sixth round of DEI funding. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the initiative to 43 projects in 27 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. More information on the DEI is available here.

DEI funds help refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment.

Grantees of this year's awards will use the funds to:

  • Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials.
  • Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
  • Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth.
  • Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities.
  • Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources.
  • Promote more active engagement with the business sector.

The grants align closely with the Obama administration's job-driven training principles by requiring multiple workforce and disability service providers, educational institutions and businesses in each state to collaborate extensively with each other.

Listing of grantee organizations