More questions and answers for the DOL Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration

Here some additional questions and answers the the NTJN and its partners have recently received from the US Department of labor:

Question:  According to the demonstration grant, in the core requirements section, there should be individualized consistent follow-up after training and during the retention period for at least one year. When does this year begin?  In particular, if a participant finishes the TJ program but is not engaged in unsubsidized work, at what point would the one year retention support begin?

Answer:  It is up to the applicant as to when to begin retention support.  In Section V. Application Review Information, A. Evaluation criteria 3. pages 25-26 of the SGA, applicants are to fully describe the service delivery flow or the sequence of services for their planned ETJ program, including how they will recruit participants, receive and make referrals to and from other service providers (including those deemed job ready and, thus, ineligible for enrollment in the program), what ETJ opportunities will be offered, and what services will be provided to help participants retain employment and achieve and remain self-sufficient.

Question:  For control group participants, we are unclear on how to NOT provide “like” services since those individuals can register themselves (unbeknownst to us) for other programs that may be similar to what we are providing thru the grant.  How do we handle that situation?

Answer:  The TA provider can assist your organization with identifying other non-TJ-related services and supports available in your community to which your organization may refer control group members (as well as individuals who are job ready and not entered into the lottery).  Grantees under this SGA will be required to work with a technical assistance (TA) provider selected by ETA.  The TA provider will work intensively with the grantees and partners during this initial implementation phase to assist with instituting the new components or strengthening organizational linkages. The evaluation team may also assist in this process.

Question: According to page 26 of the ETJD SGA, applicants must provide MOUs from private sector employer partners that would serve as TJ worksites.

As you may be aware, successful practitioners of the Transitional Jobs model also frequently partner with public sector and nonprofit partners to provide participants with subsidized employment experience. This is an evidence-based practice and is consistent with the NTJN’s recommendations and best practices. Many of the most demonstrably effective TJ programs actively engage public sector and nonprofit employers for TJ because these partners can often provide a transitional employment experience that maximizes the developmental impacts of the strategy.

We would like to make sure that this isn’t indirectly saying that programs cannot use non-private sector employers as transitional work sites–such a restriction would severely impede many experienced, successful applicants from delivering the strategy according to their time-tested, well-evaluated and mature program structures.

Answer:  The SGA does not prohibit the use of public sector employers.  However, please note, employers must show evidence of high-growth or in-demand career fields, see the SGA, page 8.

Question: How would the stepped down wage subsidy work if you cannot reimburse employers for any wages that they pay if they are the employer of record? Typically in the case of stepped-down partial subsidies, the employer would assume the role of employer of record but be partially reimbursed for wages during that period.

Answer:  The step-down process for paid work experience is more related to when the grantee pays the wages to the participants.

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About National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment.

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