Best Practices / Reemployment Results

  • Career Action Resources’ Material: Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Is ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

 

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA to assess their needs and to create job search and reemployment plans.

In research for the U.S. Department of Labor, our material is identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment.

Specifically, the study explains how LEAP is used to assess unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program. LEAP is the only self-assessment described by researchers in the report!

Learn more about the study below.

Good-bye, UI

IMPAQ International researched the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. Note: The initiative is now called the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program; its name was changed with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Among the best practices for reemployment, the study recommends “rigorous assessment forms to identify barriers to employment....Perhaps the most innovative self-assessment form is the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), which is used in Nevada.”

The research found Nevada has the most effective REA program of the states studied. The study explains LEAP is useful to claimants participating in REAs by helping them identify their needs. The report also states LEAP is useful to REA staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed services.

Excerpt from Report for U.S. Department of Labor on LEAP

The IMPAQ International study states the following:

LEAP “assesses individuals in 8 areas: finances; emotional issues; social, family, and health issues; use of time; next career; more education and training; job search; and use of services and resources. Claimants are asked 10 questions in each of these sections gauging their concerns on a variety of topics. Answers range from 1 to 4 for each question, with 1 denoting a minor concern and 4 denoting a major concern. 

“Claimants total their scores on each section and then look to the back of the LEAP form for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns in each of the 8 LEAP areas. Use of the LEAP form differs by local office, with some requiring claimants to fill it out during or before the REA interview and others providing it at the end of the interview for claimants to use at home. 

“At the Reno JobConnect, for example, the REA interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP form before the REA interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services. 

“The LEAP form has been noted by REA staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much needed services.”

Complete Study Describing LEAP at U.S. Department of Labor Website

The complete IMPAQ report is available for download at the U.S. Department of Labor's WorkforceGPS site.

Follow-Up Study

A follow-up IMPAQ study for the U.S. Department of Labor found Nevada’s REA participants had 3.13 fewer weeks on UI compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per REA participant. This amount exceeded REA costs by more than 4 times. 

LEAP and YES Testimonials on Effectiveness and Results

The organizations using LEAP and YES continue to give positive feedback on their effectiveness with job hunters and the unemployed. 

One program administrator said, “We love LEAP. It helps the unemployed think of the many issues they are facing and verbalize what they are worried about. We wouldn’t get to some issues without LEAP because people are overwhelmed by stress. LEAP gives them a tool for moving forward. LEAP also helps our staff. LEAP also works with newly laid off people, because they are not thinking clearly.”

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).


Career Action Blog

Two big workforce development events are happening this fall, and Career Action Resources will be part of them:

Free Career Action Resources Samples at Workforce Events [Career Action Blog]We regularly ship samples of our best-practice career/job search planners—LEAP and YES—to workforce and career services events across the U.S. These samples are not catalogs or abbreviated versions of our products. Our samples are full products, so administrators, managers, and staff of workforce, employment, reemployment, and career programs can evaluate them for use with their job seekers, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, UI claimants, youth, transitioning workers, veterans, students, and other populations, especially those in WIOA programs.

We stamp these tools with the word “SAMPLE” and tuck an informative flyer inside that highlights key features and benefits to program participants and staff. The samples usually are included in registration bags.

In addition, through a sponsorship fee, our participation supports these conferences, which are attended by thousands of workforce development and career services professionals.

Not attending one of these upcoming events and interested in reviewing LEAP and YES? No worries! If you are a workforce development or career services professional who assists job hunters and the unemployed, request your complimentary LEAP and YES samples now, and we will send them to you via First Class Mail.

 

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently released the program allotments for Program Year (PY) 2017 for Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Activities under WIOA.

USDOL Publishes Guidance on PY 2017 Program Allotments [Career Action Blog]

In addition, USDOL published the final allotments for PY 2017 for the Wagner-Peyser ES Program. 

You can read the entire and extensive USDOL Guidance Letter here


 

 

In four steps, Your Employment Search (YES) helps individuals assess their job-search methods and motivation, evaluate where they need the most improvement, learn effective job-hunt skills, and create their employment/reemployment strategy.

YES is an all-in-one self-assessment, planner, and motivational/guidance tool. It features an easy-to-use foldout design. It is used across the USA with the unemployed and job seekers in many programs and settings, including How YES Works [Career Action Blog]those under WIOA.

Here is a brief summary of each step in YES:

Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement about their job search and circle the response that best matches how true the statement is for them.

Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily tally their totals and learn in which areas they could most benefit from help and guidance.

Step 3—Improve: Individuals review active job-search techniques and skills and checkmark those they will use in their employment search.

Step 4—Summarize and Create: On the micro-perforated (marked by red dots) panel, individuals create their unique employment search strategy using insights and information gained from YES. Job hunters can detach the panel if desired and keep it handy for easy reference throughout their job search.

YES is shrink-wrapped in convenient packs of 50. Learn more about YES. Read YES testimonials from workforce development and career professionals across the country.

 

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