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Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) SDDVA BENEFITS SCHOOL August 16, Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) SDDVA BENEFITS SCHOOL August 16, 2017 SD Director Sarah Bierman

USDOL - VETS www. dol. gov/vets/ USDOL - VETS www. dol. gov/vets/

VETS’ Mission • We PREPARE America’s veterans, service members and their spouses for meaningful VETS’ Mission • We PREPARE America’s veterans, service members and their spouses for meaningful careers • We PROVIDE them with employment resources and expertise • We PROMOTE their employment opportunities • We PROTECT their employment rights www. dol. gov/vets/

Integrated Approach to Serving Veterans § Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) o Coordinates Integrated Approach to Serving Veterans § Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) o Coordinates Agency efforts § Employment & Training Administration (ETA) DOL’s intense and extensive interoperability across all DOL agencies o National Workforce System (AJCs) o UCX, Office of Apprenticeship, WIOA, Grants § Office of the Solicitor (SOL) o Employment law expertise including enforcement in U. S. veteran discrimination cases. § Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) o Continuously monitors and analyzes U. S. veteran employment statistics § Chief Evaluation Officer (CEO) o Evaluates effectiveness /efficiency of Veteran employment programs § Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) o Focuses on disability-related policies that benefit veterans § Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) o Affirmative action provisions of VEVRAA § Woman’s Bureau (WB) o Develops policies, advocates for equality and economic security and promotes quality work environments for working women/veterans § Wage and Hour Division (WHD) o Military Family Leave (FMLA) www. dol. gov Regional Locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Veteran Unemployment Rates Lowest June Veteran Unemployment Rate in 10 Years In June 2017, Veteran Unemployment Rates Lowest June Veteran Unemployment Rate in 10 Years In June 2017, the veteran unemployment rate was 3. 7 percent, down from 4. 2 percent last June, and the lowest June rate since 2007. In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4. 3 percent (not seasonally adjusted). www. dol. gov/vets/newsletter/

Veterans Preference (VP) • Veterans Preference laws assist veterans who seek Federal employment from Veterans Preference (VP) • Veterans Preference laws assist veterans who seek Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service • Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring and also in retention during reductions in force • However, VP does not guarantee veterans a job, nor do they give veterans preference in internal agency actions such as promotion, transfer, reassignment and reinstatement https: //www. dol. gov/vets/programs/findajob. htm

USERRA Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Provides protection against discrimination on the USERRA Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Provides protection against discrimination on the basis of a person’s membership or application for membership in the service, performance of service, or service obligations www. dol. gov/vets/programs/userra/index. htm

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program • The purpose of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program • The purpose of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. • The program is "employment focused" and veterans receive the employment and training services they need in order to re-enter the labor force. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, are among the services that are provided. Supportive services such as clothing, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance are also provided to meet the needs of this target group. • Volunteers of America, Dakotas in Sioux Falls, SD is currently the only HVRP grantee in South Dakota. www. dol. gov/vets/programs/hvrp/

Jobs for Veterans State Grant VETS’ largest service, DVOPs and LVERs, are funded by Jobs for Veterans State Grant VETS’ largest service, DVOPs and LVERs, are funded by the Jobs for Veterans State Grant. DVOPs and LVERs are integrated within the SDDLR, which is funded, regulated, and overseen by ETA. • DVOP (Disabled Veteran Outreach Representative) - provide intensive services • LVER (Local Veterans Employment Representative) - provide employer outreach www. dol. gov/vets/grants/state/jvsg. htm

What is an American Job Center? • American Job Centers (AJC) are the centerpiece What is an American Job Center? • American Job Centers (AJC) are the centerpiece of veterans’ employment services in all the localities. These are funded by the Department of Labor, administered by state-level Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), and operated by local communities. • AJC provides comprehensive services to both employers and job seekers. It serves as the central location for HR Managers to meet and communicate with job seekers to match them to their current openings. • It is also the central point in the local community where customers (both veteran and nonveteran job seekers and employers) can access employment insurance, labor market information, employment/skill assessment services, and direct referrals to job training and job opportunities within their communities. www. careeronestop. org/Local. Help/service-locator. aspx

American Job Centers (AJCs) https: //www. careeronestop. org/Local. Help/local-help. aspx American Job Centers (AJCs) https: //www. careeronestop. org/Local. Help/local-help. aspx

American Job Centers (AJCs) in SD American Job Centers (AJCs) in SD

American Job Center (AJC) Job Seeker Services • Veterans receive “priority of service” at American Job Center (AJC) Job Seeker Services • Veterans receive “priority of service” at all Department of Labor employment and job-training programs, including AJCs • Other than Dishonorable discharges are eligible for DVOPS services; those with a dishonorable discharge can use normal American Job Center services Post-9/11 Era Veterans are eligible to receive Gold Card services (6 months) Dislocated Workers: Service members with a separation date may qualify for dislocated worker programs operated by AJCs • • Training Services Career Services Core Services • • • Determination of eligibility for services Outreach, intake and orientation Initial assessment of skills, abilities, aptitudes and service needs Job search and placement Provision of workforce information Job placement follow-up Intensive Services • • • Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skills and service needs Development of individual employment plans Employment counseling and career planning Case management Prevocational or pre-training shortterm skill development services § § § § Occupational skills Skill upgrading and retraining On-the-job training Workplace training combined with related instruction Entrepreneurial Job readiness training Adult education and literacy 14

Priority of Service • Veterans receive “priority of service” at all Department of Labor Priority of Service • Veterans receive “priority of service” at all Department of Labor employment and jobtraining programs, including AJCs • As defined in section 2(a) of the JVA (38 U. S. C. 4215(a)) “priority of service” means, with respect to any qualified job training program, that a covered person shall be given priority over a non-covered person for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services provided under that program, notwithstanding any other provision of the law.

Veterans. gov Veterans. gov

My Next Move www. mynextmove. org/vets My Next Move www. mynextmove. org/vets

MOS Crosswalk https: //www. onetonline. org/crosswalk/MOC/ MOS Crosswalk https: //www. onetonline. org/crosswalk/MOC/

Special Hiring Authorities Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Under VRA, an agency may hire eligible Special Hiring Authorities Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Under VRA, an agency may hire eligible veterans without competition up to the GS-11 grade level. Upon satisfactory completion of two years of service in a VRA appointment, the appointee must be converted to a permanent appointment in the Federal competitive appointment. Temporary or Term Appointment of 30% or More Disabled Veterans Under this authority, an agency may appoint, without competition, an eligible disabled veteran to a term or temporary appointment in the Federal service. In appropriate circumstances, a person receiving a temporary or term appointment under this authority may be converted to a permanent competitive service appointment. Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) The VEOA allows veterans' preference eligibles and other veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions to apply and be considered for certain vacancies that are otherwise open only to status or reinstatement-eligible applicants outside of DOL. Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program Disabled veterans eligible for training under the VA vocational rehabilitation program may enroll for training or work experience at an agency under the terms of an agreement between the agency and VA. While enrolled in the VA program, the veteran is not a Federal employee for most purposes but is a beneficiary of the VA. Upon successful completion, the host agency and VA give the veteran a Certificate of Training showing the occupational series and grade level of the position for which trained. The Certificate of Training allows any agency to appoint the veteran noncompetitively under a status quo appointment which may be converted to career or career-conditional at any time. *To view Federal job openings and access more information about the Federal Hiring Process, visit usajobs. gov. *To view a helpful tutorial and access frequently asked questions, visit Feds. Hire. Vets. gov

Apprenticeships • • American Apprenticeship Initiative will significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for job seekers Apprenticeships • • American Apprenticeship Initiative will significantly increase apprenticeship opportunities for job seekers and workers including veterans and transitioning service members Both OJT and apprenticeship training programs are available for Veterans using their Post 9/11 GI Bill • Eligible Veterans may qualify for a monthly stipend in addition to the wages they receive in an apprenticeship http: //www. doleta. gov/oa/federalresources/playbook. pdf

Contact Information Sarah Bierman, Director Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) U. S. Department Contact Information Sarah Bierman, Director Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) U. S. Department of Labor 420 S. Roosevelt Street P. O. Box 4730 Aberdeen, SD 57402 -4730 Phone: (605) 626 -2325 Email: Bierman. Sarah@dol. gov