Questions and Answers
Placement Strategies Initiative
Document #: JFSR1617158122
Question: Please provide clarification regarding eligibility. Are there in fact three distinct categories for eligibility: 1) out of work for 15 weeks or longer and are currently receiving unemployment benefits 2) from a declining industry and unlikely to return and 3) 55 years of age or older. It is unclear if 1 & 2 are combined into one category only?
Answer: The first two are combined.
Question: Please provide clarification about who is eligible for these funds. The RFP states "Public entities.... local workforce agencies... or private entities that administer programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) are not eligible for this opportunity due to the fact that these entities receive funds under WIOA to provide the types of services described above in their routine course of business." Additionally, it states that "private entities that provide these services as subrecipients of these agencies are eligible to apply". Can you provide clarification around ineligible agencies? For example, some agencies receive funding to provide program services (i.e. summer youth) would that make them ineligible? Also, if an agency is a sub-recipient of WIOA funds from a LOCAL WDB are they eligible for this RFP? What if they are a sub-recipient of funds from ODJFS?
Answer: Grant applications will only be accepted from public or private, non-profit and for-profit entities to serve as the workforce intermediaries with demonstrated knowledge of Ohio’s public sector workforce development system, and experience in employment-related projects that involve outreach, recruitment, job placement, and follow-up services. The goal of this initiative is to further support and supplement the efforts of the local workforce development areas by finding new and innovative strategies to enhance and enrich current practices. Therefore, ODJFS is reaching out to organizations outside the current Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and local government structure that offer innovative strategies to engage unemployed Ohio workers in programs that coordinate services and activities. This will address barriers to employment, through “job-ready” activities which will prepare and ultimately place workers into permanent, full-time positions in an in-demand occupation There has been some question from the local workforce development areas and their boards as to why entities that currently administer programs funded under the WIOA were not eligible for this grant opportunity. These entities are not eligible for this opportunity due to the fact that they receive funds under WIOA to provide the types of services described above in the routine course of business. However, private organizations that deliver services as sub-recipients of these entities or as non-required partners are eligible to apply provided that they apply on their own behalf and will not be performing under the direction of an ineligible entity if selected for award. Even though local boards, OhioMeansJobs center operators, or workforce agencies may not apply for this grant, they may still play a role in this process by encouraging any local organizations that are innovative or have result proven programs to apply. Local boards and OhioMeansJobs center operators have been diligently coordinating their efforts with private entities that offer innovative strategies, programs, and services in support of workers’ efforts to obtain employment that will lead to economic self-sufficiency and in support of employers’ efforts to build a skilled and productive workforce and remain viable and competitive in the labor market.
Question: 1. Can a proposal be submitted for fewer than 400 participants and how will this impact the likelihood of being approved? 2. Proposal states "individuals who are currently receiving UI benefits. Are UI exhaustees also eligible? 3. Define/differentiate displaced vs. dislocated. 4. Would a proposal with for higher placement and retention rate be more likely funded than one for a larger number of enrollees? 5. Many large companies are not direct hire but use temporary agencies for temp to hire. Would placements under this model be acceptable?
Answer: Plans with fewer than 400 participants will be considered as long as the number of participant does not exceed the maximum number of participants for each payment point, the goal of this request is to find strategies that get these individuals back to work. Yes, we are looking to get the long-term unemployed back to work faster. Displaced focuses more on jobs that were moved outside of Ohio and dislocated is individuals laid off due to a reduction of force. The goals of this request is to place individuals in a permanent full-time position, not just to enroll individuals in a program. Credit is only given once an individual is placed in a permanent full-time position. As stated in the request, fees to employers hiring individuals under this initiative is prohibited. However, if it can be clearly demonstrated that it is a temporary to permanent hire within the retention timeframes, it would be acceptable.
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Question: I want to open and designate a mentoring program for the lower class population in Northeast, Ohio.
Answer: This RFGA is accepting applications for placement strategies not for mentoring programs.
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