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.

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Career Action Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies to operate reemployment services and eligibility assessments (RESEA) programs for individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Estimates show that the program has reduced individual use of UI services by approximately one-and-a-half weeks, saving on average $3 for every dollar spent in costs. The RESEA initiative is described here by Career Action Resources. RESEA is the program's new name under WIOA.

2016 RESEA Funding [Career Action Blog]This is the 12th year that the USDOL has awarded grants through this initiative. Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu said, these “grant awards will ensure unemployed individuals have a wide array of workforce services available and can continue to be eligible for UI services.” 

The funds connect participants with in-person assessments and reemployment services  through local American Job Centers. Activities include developing an individual re-employment plan, providing labor market information, identifying job skills and prospects, and reviewing claimant’s continued UI benefit eligibility.

Here is a list of the RESEA grants by state:

2016 Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants

State

Funds Awarded

State

Funds Awarded

Alabama

$250,444

Missouri

$769,758

Alaska

$130,293

Montana

$702,997

Arizona

$648,946

Nebraska

$441,477

Arkansas

$143,429

Nevada

$2,070,137

California

$12,698,079

New Hampshire

$1,295,354

Colorado

$364,416

New Jersey

$1,917,219

Connecticut

$913,219

New Mexico

$635,048

Delaware

$564,658

New York

$20,270,329

District of Columbia

$525,182

North Carolina

$4,438,192

Florida

$5,714,020

Ohio

$3,002,253

Georgia

$202,171

Oklahoma

$1,054,169

Hawaii

$1,075,361

Oregon

$5,221,196

Idaho

$749,790

Pennsylvania

$1,290,160

Illinois

$1,245,566

Puerto Rico

$302,442

Indiana

$4,404,403

Rhode Island

$1,249,242

Iowa

$1,613,534

South Carolina

$1,144,308

Kansas

$748,455

South Dakota

$305,187

Kentucky

$561,932

Tennessee

$2,963,132

Louisiana

$1,800,284

Utah

$1,889,591

Maine

$772,659

Vermont

$100,000

Maryland

$1,325,350

Virgin Islands

$264,643

Massachusetts

$6,251,469

Virginia

$1,766,845

Michigan

$1,550,610

Washington

$9,192,063

Minnesota

$1,646,396

West Virginia

$358,083

Mississippi

$998,544

Wisconsin

$2,456,965

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), published by Career Action Resources, has been used in Nevada’s reemployment program, which is the most effective program of the states studied for the U.S. Department of Labor. Other states are using LEAP in their RESEA programs as well.
 

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), has introduced WorkforceGPS, its new technical assistance website for workforce development professionals. ETA calls WorkforceGPS “the next generation, device-friendly website for peer-to-peer connection and resources to help you better do your job.”

WorkforceGPS.org has replaced Workforce3One.org, which existed since 2004. 

Meet WorkforceGPS [Career Action Blog]

Here is more information on the new WorforceGPS from ETA:

Background

America’s public workforce investment system provides high-quality services to thousands of individuals and businesses each year. The workforce professionals and other stakeholders who lead and operate that system need access to data, evidence, and information about effective and innovative approaches to maintain those high-quality services in an ever-changing economy. Beginning in 2004, ETA met this need by providing an online learning communication and learning technical assistance platform called Workforce3One. Twelve years later, the site has more than 122,000 regular users and hosts more than 4,000 individual resources. Advancements in technology and the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) have created new demands on the workforce system and new opportunities to share knowledge and technical assistance. Therefore, ETA is replacing its legacy system with WorkforceGPS.org—a modern web platform designed to improve the user experience for its customers.

About WorkforceGPS

WorkforceGPS is an upgraded platform with capabilities that far exceed those of Workforce3One. It gives the public workforce system, education professionals, and business leaders more effective ways to search, save, and share resources—with improved capability to engage with peers. WorkforceGPS is the future of ETA’s technical assistance.

WorkforceGPS is still a committed community of public workforce system stakeholders; it is still a place to find great technical assistance resources and take advantage of online learning opportunities. A key feature of the new website is its consistent look and feel. It is designed to make the user experience easy and uncomplicated across all devices—desktop computers, tablets, or your smart phone—so you can spend less time trying to find the right tools and more time using them.

New Features

  • Straightforward and consistent navigation with a responsive interface. WorkforceGPS can be accessed on your desktop, laptop, and across mobile devices. Additionally, WorkforceGPS and its Communities of Practice and Collections have a consistent site design—once you’re familiar navigating within one Community or Collection, you understand them all. A Collection is a group of resources relevant to a specific topic or target population. A Community of Practice is a group of resources related to a topic or target population, with added features intended to promote peer-to-peer interaction and learning within that community. Additional features include discussion topics, blog posts, and sometimes chat.
  • Search. WorkforceGPS uses an improved search engine tool that allows you to search the entire site or hone in within a specific Community or Collection. Additionally, all content and resources throughout WorkforceGPS are tagged using a comprehensive and consistent taxonomy that ETA developed with the workforce system in mind. This allows you to search for what you need by activity, program, target population, geographic location, industry/sector, or content type.
  • Save. Becoming a registered member has its perks. Once registered, with just a mouse click you can save all your favorite resources for easy retrieval on My WorkforceGPS. Additionally, all webinars that you attend are automatically saved to your user profile under My Events.
  • Share. WorkforceGPS makes it easier than ever to share resources. Not only can you quickly find and save resources, which make them easy to find again for future use, but with a simple mouse click, you can easily send a favorite resource to a peer via email or share it on social media with the hashtag #FoundItOnWFGPS.

Other Key Features

  • You Might Also Like. When you land on a selected resource, WorkforceGPS uses the power of its comprehensive taxonomy to automatically populate a list of other like resources that may also be of use, similar to what you see on many retail websites.
  • Staff Picks & Other Resource Lists. Just like a good bookstore, WorkforceGPS is designed to make it easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for—even if you don’t know precisely what that is. That’s why WorkforceGPS has curated a list of Staff Picks—resources that are highly recommended as best-in-class for users by ETA staff. Wherever you see the Staff Pick icon, it’s worth taking a look. You can also browse resources by additional lists like top-rated resources and recently added content.

Once registered, users can take advantage of the MyWorkforceGPS features—My Profile, My Content, My Events, My Communities, My Membership & Notifications. Users can also join specific Communities and Collections, sign up for site notifications and newsletters, and start curating their own compilation of saved resources.

This post was adapted by Career Action Resources, LLC, from Training and Employment Notice 33-15.

 

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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