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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 Fact Sheet 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:

  • Further detail on executive actions the President is taking to give the long-term unemployed a fair shot

    Continuing to work with Congress on the President’s Exiting Proposals to get the long-term unemployed to work.

  • New private commitments to expand models that help the long-term unemployed get back to work.

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.

Also see:

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