Veterans’ Program Staff Training Roles, Responsibilities & Programs Objectives Awareness of the Veterans’ Program Mission Comprehension of Veterans’ Staff Roles & Responsibilities Awareness of U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Training Service (USDOL/VETS) Expectations Awareness of Organizational Relationships Awareness of Additional Veterans Programs Employment and References Title 38, United States Code Section 101(2) (38 U.S.C. 101(2)); 38 U.S.C.; 38 U.S.C., Chapters 41 and 42 Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA) – P.L. 107-288 Veterans’ Program Letter No. 07-10 (Refocused Roles DVOP/LVER) DEO Veterans Program Mission To promote and maximize the employment of Florida's veterans, especially veterans with barriers to employment, utilizing the complete menu of One-Stop Career Center resources. 4 USDOL VETS Overview USDOL/VETS funded programs are those authorized under Title 38, as amended by P.L. 107-288 and through the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA) Offer a noncompetitive Jobs for Veterans State program to eligible veterans Offer competitive grants for veterans with special Grants (JVSG) needs Provide Veterans’ program monitoring and training through service reporting, desk audit tool, and Technical Assistance Visits to provide guidance 5 Roles and Responsibilities Florida’s Veterans Employment Program is Jointly managed by DEO and Regional Workforce Boards Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs) fill a particular niche in the overall set of services for Veterans and should be used to provide specialized services 6 Organizational Relationships Contract •Policy •Plan Approval •Chartering •Budget Approval •Memorandums of Understanding •Notice of Financial Award Jobs for Vets State Grant •Functional Supervision • Funding Agreements •Program Monitoring • Budget Approval •Grant Compliance • State Plan Approval • Financial Monitoring • Performance Oversight •Program & Financial Monitoring •Performance Contracts & Oversight 24 Regional Workforce Boards *Service Providers* *Training Providers* *One-Stop Career Centers* Workforce Services •Local Policies •Day to Day Duties •Performance Oversight LVER DVOP Outreach to Employers Intensive Services (Case Management) Training & Employment Services for Veterans Outreach to Veterans Preparing Quarterly Manager’s Reports Full Range of Employment & Training Services to Veterans DVOP Roles & Responsibilities Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff focus on providing intensive services to veterans with priority to Special Disabled, Disabled veterans and other eligible veterans. DVOP staff will facilitate services to veterans with barriers to employment and with special workforce needs through case management. 8 DVOP Activities & Services To prepare disabled veterans for employment, match them with support services and reduce or eliminate barriers to employment DVOPs provide: Assessment, Counseling, Intensive Services & Case Referral to supportive services & jobtraining, certification, etc. Management focused/outcome-driven Job development services and employer visits Job Referrals Maintain up-to-date Network Guide Organizational Outreach 9 DVOP Organizational Outreach DVOP staff will conduct outreach to locate economically or educationally disadvantaged veterans & veterans with barriers to employment, especially veterans with special needs & homeless veterans through the following organizations and/or activities: Vet Centers, VA Medical Centers and Outpatient Clinics Satellite offices HVRP Projects: Tampa, Cocoa Beach and Tallahassee Homeless Shelters Community based and civic organizations Veterans' Service Organizations Veteran Service Officers (VSO) offices 10 DVOP Outreach Locations Workforce Partners and Service Providers Veterans’ Affairs Educational Coordinators Faith-Based Organizations Reserve and National Guard units Venues and locations where veterans congregate Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges to solicit Veterans Administration (VA) Work-Study Assistants 11 LVER Roles & Responsibilities Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) will ensure that veterans are provided the full range of priority workforce services in the One-Stop Career Center, providing functional oversight over the Veteran's Program. LVERs also serve as advocates for employment and training opportunities with businesses, industries and community organizations. 12 LVER Activities & Services LVERs will accomplish their mission of supporting veterans’ and employer’s employment goals in the following ways: Conduct Job Search Workshops Provide job development and job referrals Provide career and vocational guidance Provide Labor Market Information (LMI) Refer veterans to supportive or remedial services Provide services to recently separated veterans 13 LVER Activities & Services Conduct Veterans' Program training for all Career Center associates One-Stop Refer veterans to job-focused and outcome- driven training, certification, etc. Develop and maintain updated (quarterly) Contractor List Federal http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm http://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/fl/ 14 LVER Advocacy Role As an employment and career advocate for veterans, the LVER is expected to: Plan, conduct and participate in Job Fairs for veterans Contact Unions, Apprenticeship Programs, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Units, etc. Contact employers to develop employment opportunities for veterans Coordinate with Business Services staff and participate outreach activities in employer 15 LVER Advocacy Role Facilitate and participate in Employer Mass Recruitments for new and expanding firms Facilitate and maintain Employer Recruiting Agreements Conduct presentations on Florida’s Veterans' Program to veterans at the RWB meetings and services Contact Reserve and National Guard Units Contact other venues and organizations providing services to veterans. 16 DVOP/LVER Staff Training All DVOP and LVER staff will complete National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) required courses within 18 months of hire. http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/home/homePage.htm Orientation to Veteran Services (LES Prerequisite) http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/training/orientation.htm USERRA 101 & 102 (Recommended) userra101 userra102 Veterans’ Benefits Online (Highly Recommended) Labor & Employment Specialist (LES) Required for all staff Case Management (CM) Required for DVOPs Promoting Partnerships for Employment (PPE) Required for LVERs 17 Additional Veterans Programs Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Homeless Female & Family Veteran Reintegration Program (HFVRP) Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) Military Family Employment Advocacy (MFEA) program Transitioning Incarcerated Veterans’ Program (TIVP) REALifelines VA work study program Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program Transition Assistance Program (TAP) floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforceprograms/veterans 18 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Five VR&E office locations in Florida: Toni Washington, VR&E Lead DVOP, provides state- wide coordination of program reporting and awareness training on the VA’s VR&E program Regional VR&E locations with VR&E DVOPs: Pensacola Jacksonville Orlando St. Petersburg Ft. Lauderdale 19 Transition Assistance Program TAP: Assists separating military members and their spouses in their transition to civilian society, at 12 TAP sites in Florida. Pensacola NAS Eglin AFB Hurlburt AFB Tyndall AFB Mayport NAS Jacksonville NAS Note: Patrick AFB MacDill AFB U.S. Southern Command Key West NS U.S. Coast Guard (Miami) Facilitators must be certified through NVTI 20 2011-12 New Veterans Initiatives With the expected return of Soldiers, Sailors and National Guard members from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an increase in Military draw downs for all services (BRAC planned in 2013 & 2015), New initiatives have been established both at the National and State levels to promote the continued employment of our Veterans Veteran Employment Tax Credits VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, enacted 21 NOV 2011, provides an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to businesses (including non-profits) that hire eligible unemployed veterans. DEO Communiqué The Vow to Hire Act 2011–WOTC Benefit for Hiring Veterans www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/fact_sheet_on_veteran_tax_credits-1.pdf On 9 FEB The IRS released guidance and forms for employers to use when claiming the newly-expanded tax credit for hiring veterans. For more information, including how to claim the credit refer to: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=253949,00.html Summary DEO Veterans Program Mission USDOL/VETS Jobs for Veterans Grant Organizational Relationships Roles and responsibilities of the LVER/DVOP staff Additional veterans programs 23 Contact Information Shawn Forehand Paul Furbush State Veterans’ Program Coordinator Asst. Veterans’ Program Coordinator Phone:(850) 245- 7424 /Fax: (850) 921-3495 Phone:(850) 921-3867 [email protected] [email protected] Additional Resources: DEO Veterans’ Workforce program Resources www.floridajobs.org/workforce-board-resources/program-resources DOL Vets Veterans Program Letters http://www.dol.gov/vets/vpls/VPLDirectory.html DVOP/LVER Assistance | Laws, Rules & Regulations http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/resources/laws.htm An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.