Post 9/11 Era Veterans’ Gold Card & FL National Guard Initiatives Objectives Provide an Overview of the National Gold Card Initiative Explain the LVER/DVOP and One Stop Career Center Staff Responsibilities for Post 9/11 Era Veterans Services Provide an Overview of the State of Florida’s National Guard Employment Initiative References Veterans’ Program Letter No. 01-12 Gold Card Initiative Training and Employment Notice No. 15-11 Gold Card Initiative DEO Memorandum dated: December 1, 2011 New Activity Codes for Post 9/11 Veterans National Guard and Overview • August 5, 2011, President Obama announced a comprehensive plan to lower veteran unemployment and ensure service members leave the military “career-ready” • November 1, 2011, Representatives from FL Senate, Dept. of Military Affairs, Dept. of Economic Opportunity, Workforce Florida and the University System met with FL Senator Don Gaetz to Discuss the high unemployment rate of FL National Guard members and develop strategies to combat the percentage Overview • November 11, 2011, Veterans Day, Gold Card Initiative Implemented Nationwide • November 16, 2011, Planning begins for Implementation of National Guard Employment Joint Initiative with DEO, DMA and FLNG • December 1, 2011, DEO Established EFM Activity Codes for Gold Card (643) and FLNG (642) for identification and tracking of services provided to Post 9/11 Era Veterans and FLNG Members What is the Gold Card? • Online certificate downloaded and printed by Post 9/11 Era Veterans, presented at One Stop Career Centers to provide participants with access to enhanced core and intensive services • Gold Card information is available through Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshops and Online at: http://www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html Gold Card Intake & Eligibility • Does NOT change intake procedures under Veterans’ Priority of Service • Does NOT change eligibility criteria for DVOP/LVER or WIA services • Post 9/11 Era Veterans accessing One-Stops, the Gold Card simply adds eligibility for enhanced set of in-person services • In conjunction with existing procedures for determining eligibility, Post 9/11 Era status will be determined • Separate verification of Post 9/11 Era status is NOT required Gold Card Services • Combines skill assessment, career coaching, job search assistance and follow-up • Comprehensive Assessment (Veterans and One Stop Staff encouraged to fully access on-line assessment tools) • Development of an Individual Development Plan • Covers a 6 month period to ‘jump start’ the participant’s reconnection to the civilian labor force via Monthly contact from an assigned case manager • Services are both in-person and online Gold Card Online Resources http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/ • Career exploration tool customized for veterans • Enhanced look-up by service and military code or title • Translate military occupation to civilian careers • Find related training and job listings Gold Card Online Resources http://www.careeronestop.org/VetsJobs • Transition Resources • Information about Unemployment Benefits • Military - to – Civilian Job Search Gold Card Roles & Responsibilities • VETS has committed to supporting this Initiative by increasing the delivery of intensive services by DVOP specialists and LVER staff • ETA has committed to supporting this Initiative by increasing the delivery of intensive services by WIA staff • DVOP, LVER or other staff will provide the client with appropriate services, such as resume development, referral to training, and job referral • State and local officials are encouraged to take the necessary initiatives to handle increased workload FL National Guard Initiative • Many Post 9/11 Era Veterans are members of the Florida National Guard • According to the Florida National Guard, over the last 12 months, returning soldiers have an average unemployment rate of 17% • To enhance existing veterans programs and services to ensure the inclusion of Florida’s National Guard, the DEO has joined forces with the Department of Military Affairs in a new initiative which introduces the soldiers of the Florida National Guard to the Florida One-Stop Career Center System 13 FL National Guard Services • The One-Stop Veterans Employment staff will provide Florida National Guard soldiers with tools not only to aid in the employment search but also to enable them to have a successful transition upon return from or in preparing for deployment. • FLNG members will be offered the same programs and services provided to other eligible Veterans • Active membership in FLNG is sufficient to meet criteria for DVOP/LVER services in Florida FL National Guard Intake & Eligibility • Two new Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) activity codes have been established to provide identification and tracking of services to veterans who use the new Gold Card and/or are members of the Florida National Guard • 642 - FLNG Member Service - Staff use this service to identify individuals as active members of the FLNG when providing services. • 643 - Gold Card - Staff use this service code to record a Post 9/11 Veteran’s participation in the USDOL Gold Card initiative.