Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), Second Edition

  • Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

  • Helps You Serve UI Claimants and Dislocated Workers Under WIOA Through Individualized Career Services and Eligibility Assessments

  • Also Used in Rapid Response

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner LEAP, Second EditionLaid-off workers deal with uncertainty, stress, and immobilization: “What do I do next? How will I pay my bills? Who will ever hire me?” It’s difficult for you and your staff to help the unemployed sort through their worries, let alone guide them in reemployment planning.

Identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment in research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the best-selling LEAP is the only tool that helps dislocated workers and UI claimants organize the 8 most important issues faced during a layoff. In 3 easy steps, workers rank complex job and life problems and get reemployment action steps that address their unique needs and barriers. 

LEAP, now available in its Second Edition, is used in Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program, which is the most effective REA of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor. Note: The REA 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).

 

LEAP’s BENEFITSResponding to 8 Scales on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 1

  • Combines self-assessment, guidance, and planning into a 6-panel foldout format
  • Is helping thousands of UI claimants and dislocated workers cope with job loss, assess their needs, and create a personalized reemployment plan tailored to their unique situation and goals
  • Offers short-term and long-term job-search and reemployment planning suggestions
  • Guides the unemployed in overcoming their barriers to rapid reemployment
  • Is completely self-guiding for job seekers, making LEAP very useful in agencies and centers limited on time, budget, and staff
  • Helps you match career services to each person’s needs and barriers, plus give useful career planning and job search guidance on the spot

SCALES / TOPICS COVEREDLearning About Your Scores on LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 2

  • Addresses 8 key concerns after job loss: finances, emotions and attitude, health and social support, use of time, education and training, next career, job search, and use of services/resources
  • Helps each individual prioritize the 8 concerns and gain clarity on where to turn and what to do next, given the person's unique needs and goals

FORMAT

  • Concise 6-panel foldout design with 3 clear steps
  • Completely self-guiding for job seekers and the unemployed
  • Color-coded for easy use and self-scoring
  • Comes shrink-wrapped flat in convenient packs of 50

AUDIENCES

  • Ideal for all workers at all levels
  • Written at an 8th-grade reading level

HOW LEAP WORKSCreating a Reemployment Plan with LEAP, Second Edition, in Step 3

  • Takes about half-hour to complete
  • Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement and circle the response that best describes their level of concern about it. LEAP has 64 brief statements requiring a response.
  • Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily add their totals and learn in which areas they need help and guidance.
  • Step 3—Create: Individuals review and checkmark the most helpful reemployment guidance. They also write down the personalized action steps they will take in each area.

USES

  • Easy to administer—just provide pens or pencils
  • Use in group settings, use one-on-one, or distribute for self-completion
  • Ideal for employment services, career services, Individual Employment Plans (IEPs), American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs), Rapid Response, TAA, job clubs, layoff transition and job search workshops, alumni career services, job counseling and coaching, library workshops for unemployed patrons, and as take-home handouts
  • Free LEAP Administrator’s Guide available in PDF upon LEAP purchase; helps administrators get the most out of using LEAP with dislocated workers

DEVELOPMENT

  • Created with input from workforce development/career professionals and dislocated workers
  • Research based
  • Created and printed in the USA by Career Action Resources

IN THE NEWS

LEAP has been featured in an IMPAQ International Study for the U.S. Department of Labor, National Career Development Association’s Career Convergence, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ newsletter, USATODAY.com, Yahoo! News, and others.

TESTIMONIALS

Career professionals and dislocated workers recommend LEAP because it provides needed guidance to laid-off workers. Read LEAP testimonials.

Seen on USATODAY.com

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

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Career Action Blog

Most states are spending about half--or less--of their Rapid Response funds, according to a recent U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration report.

Rapid Response Funds Spent by States [Career Action Blog]
Below is a table showing the Rapid Response Fund Utilization Rate for the quarter ending June 30, 2015, the most current information available. Nearly $350 million was available to the states for Rapid Response, and more than $161 million was not spent.

Florida spent the lowest amount of its Rapid Response funds. Montana, Ohio, and Utah spent the most of their Rapid Response funds.

State

Percent of Rapid Response Funds Spent

Florida

10.3%

Georgia

17.2%

Delaware

19.8%

Vermont

23.1%

Nebraska

27.1%

Kentucky

27.7%

Iowa

28.4%

Pennsylvania

28.6%

Texas

29.2%

Oregon

29.6%

Michigan

31.8%

Wisconsin

33.6%

Washington

36.5%

Alaska

36.9%

Virginia

36.9%

Mississippi

37.0%

Tennessee

40.2%

Wyoming

40.3%

Kansas

41.9%

Minnesota

43.2%

New Mexico

46.7%

Illinois

47.4%

Colorado

47.6%

Arizona

49.6%

New York

49.7%

District of Columbia

49.9%

New Hampshire

50.4%

Hawaii

52.2%

Idaho

54.5%

Arkansas

54.6%

North Dakota

55.8%

Alabama

57.4%

North Carolina

58.2%

Missouri

58.7%

South Carolina

59.5%

Oklahoma

59.9%

West Virginia

62.8%

Louisiana

66.1%

Rhode Island

66.5%

Maryland

67.6%

Indiana

68.9%

Nevada

72.3%

California

72.6%

Massachusetts

74.6%

South Dakota

77.7%

New Jersey

80.5%

Maine

83.2%

Connecticut

94.7%

Montana

100.0%

Ohio

100.0%

Utah

100.0%

 

 

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The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Labor sent a letter to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) State Workforce Administrators, Workforce Development Boards, and American Job Centers advising them to connect SNAP participants to employment and training programs to help these individuals enter the workforce.

Here is the main content of the letter:

Helping SNAP Participants Under WIOA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are partnering to encourage state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies and state and local workforce agencies to work together to develop shared strategies that will better connect SNAP participants, specifically able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs), to employment and training opportunities through American Job Centers (AJCs).

Our agencies share a common goal, which is to help low-skilled, low-income, or low-wage individuals find sustainable employment. Both the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) underscore the importance of connecting low-income individuals to job-driven training activities, breaking down barriers which often impede ABAWDs from successfully entering the workforce.

ABAWDs may only participate in SNAP for three months in any 36-month period unless they are working or participating in an employment and training activity for 80 hours per month or complying with a workfare program. During the economic downturn, due to high levels of unemployment, most states had a waiver of the 3-month time limit. However, as the economy continues to recover, many states are no longer eligible or will not implement such waivers. Participation in workforce programs under WIOA is considered a qualifying activity for the purposes of helping ABAWDs maintain SNAP eligibility. Furthermore, expanding SNAP participants’ access to employment and training services is critical to helping them transition from the program by becoming economically self-sufficient.

One resource available to states to help ABAWDs maintain their eligibility is the SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program, which is intended to help SNAP participants, including ABAWDs, gain skills, training, or work experience to improve their employability and reduce their need for nutrition assistance. USDA is committed to helping states expand and strengthen their existing programs, and to think strategically about the role other workforce development programs can play in responding to the needs of ABAWDs.

Another resource, the state and local workforce system, specifically the American Job Centers (AJCs) and their partners, provides job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure and advance in employment with family-sustaining wages.

They provide access and opportunities to all job seekers, including individuals with barriers to employment, to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in high-quality jobs and high-demand careers.

USDA and DOL encourage you join us in this effort to ensure that low-skilled and low-income individuals obtain the skills and credentials needed to secure employment and increase their earnings. Your close coordination and sharing of information and resources is essential for the delivery of integrated services for SNAP recipients at the state and local levels.

Kevin W. Concannon, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service

Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

 

Looking for a tool to help SNAP participants prepare for the job search? Consider Your Employment Search (YES), a straightforward, easy-to-use six-panel foldout by Career Action Resources, LLC. Learn more here.

Also read the related Career Action Blog post, Building Job Search Skills in SNAP E&T Participants.

 

Career Action Resources specializes in career assessments / action planners used by workforce, employment, and career services to guide job seekers and the unemployed in getting hired.

With nearly 20 years of experience in workforce development publishing, our seasoned career resources staff created Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).

LEAP and YES are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA assess their needs and create job search and reemployment plans. In a study for the U.S. Department of Labor, LEAP is the only assessment identified as an innovative tool for reemployment planning.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about LEAP and YES, created by Career Action Resources, LLC.

What are LEAP and YES?
LEAP and YES are printed self-assessments to use with the unemployed, job seekers, and students. LEAP and YES are self-guiding and provide information and customized direction for creating employment / reemployment plans tailored to an individual's needs.

What is the format of LEAP and YES?
LEAP and YES have been designed as easy-to-use, 6-panel foldouts. YES includes a perforated, detachable panel for job seekers to summarize their personal employment search strategy for quick reference.

FAQs About LEAP and YES by Career Action ResourcesWhere are LEAP and YES used?
LEAP and YES are used across the USA by workforce agencies, employment programs, career services, schools, libraries, and more.

For professionals in the public workforce system, LEAP and YES can help you deliver customer-centered and tailored career services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Our tools guide both staff and participants in workshops, career coaching, Rapid Response, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs), Unemployment Insurance (UI) intake, Individual Employment Plans (IEP), Individual Reemployment Plans (IRP), orientation meetings, job clubs, job search and employment barriers assessment, and more.

Do I need special training to administer LEAP and YES?
You need no special training to administer LEAP and YES. We advise you to take LEAP or YES yourself and to read the entire piece before giving it or administering it to others. The LEAP and YES Administrator's Guides include help for administering LEAP and YES in one-on-one sessions and in group settings.

How are LEAP and YES packaged?
LEAP and YES are each shrink-wrapped in convenient packs of 50.

How do I request review samples of LEAP and YES?
Qualified workforce and career professionals can request complimentary LEAP and YES review samples. Samples are sent via first-class U.S. mail. One sample per person, please. We are unable to send samples to individual consumers/job seekers.

How can I learn more about LEAP and YES?
Learn more about LEAP and YES at the Career Action Resources website. In addition, you can subscribe to our email newsletter and read the Career Action blog for workforce, career, and job search news and information.

Thank you for your interest in LEAP and YES by Career Action Resources, LLC.