~~Employer service representatives, particularly Business Connection staff, pay attention to local labor market trends to match employers with skilled job seekers. Staff work with employers to coordinate recruitments, plan job fairs, post job orders, provide applicant pre-screening and referrals, develop jobs, provide space for job recruitments, and offer employment and training service plans. Using a mass e-mail distribution list of employers and other interested parties, staff send daily messages on new job postings, recruitments at the AJCs, and upcoming job fairs. DOLWD has identified that the health care, oil and gas, and mining industries are the highest-demand industries and continually engages industry leaders in these fields. Under WIOA, Business Connection staff will be provided more in-depth training to work with the various industry sector partnerships to meet training and labor needs for those industries. (Page 56) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) partners with employers to promote the hiring of individuals with disabilities. DVR has implemented the dual customer model to deliver services to employers. DVR has created a Business Employment Services Team (DVR-BEST), which is tasked with providing employers with the four required services as outlined in Section 109 of the Rehabilitation Act within WIOA, to secure competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, which is part of DOLWD’s strategy to focus on serving those with disabilities. (Page 58) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) utilizes a management information system called AWARE. AWARE was developed based on Vocation Rehabilitation (VR) business practices and federal requirements. AWARE offers a comprehensive set of cases, financial, and organizational modules. The features and procedures in AWARE are consistent and standardized throughout all modules, and are designed around the natural flow of the VR case process, making it intuitive for VR Counselors. (Page 65) Title I
AWIB members come from a variety of industries and represent all geographic and economic regions of the state. They bring the voice of employers, educational institutions, Alaska Native regional corporations, and other workforce partners in their respective regions. The AWIB focuses on employer engagement, connecting education and training strategies through building career pathways; supporting work-based learning; and improving career results for all job seekers and employers alike, based on the demographics and needs of each economic region. The AWIB will continue to successfully carry out the functions of both a state board and a local board, as it has for over a decade. (Page 95) Title I
Most AWIB members are representatives of business and the private sector. Board members come from a variety of industries throughout the state and are committed to bringing the voice of employers to the table and reaching out to others to engage them in the workforce system. In addition, in response to feedback from ETA, two chief local elected officials have been appointed to the board. The AWIB will continue to focus not only on employer engagement but on connecting education and training strategies through building career pathways, supporting work-based learning, and improving career results for all job seekers and employers alike. (Pages 119-120) Title I
DVR partners with employers to promote the hiring of individuals with disabilities. DVR implemented the dual customer model to deliver services to employers. DVR has a Business Employment Services Team (BEST) that is tasked with providing employers four core services as outlined in WIOA.
1. Training and Technical Assistance in:
• Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its application to a workplace situation; referral to the ADA partners’ project;
• Disability awareness training provided to HR, managers, staff, boards, and other interested groups;
• Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs regulations;
• U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations;
• Balancing the application of federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
2. Creating Opportunities for Placement by:
• Developing opportunities for both adults and youth to provide a full range of unpaid work experiences, informational interviews, job shadows, and On—the—Job Training (OJT);
• Offering recruitment supports, assisting in workforce development including placement, OJT, Schedule A, and Provisional Hire;
• OJT, Job Coaching, and external training (not at worksite).3. Network Development through:
• Connecting with community partners and employers, locally and nationally. The BEST has connected over 50 employers with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs staffers, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education, the AJC’s Business Connection, and the VA VR&E’s employment support team. (Pages 154-155) Title IV
DVR’s most underserved population continues to be rural Alaskans. This has been an ongoing challenge for the Rural Development Team, as there are so few jobs within remote and rural communities. Available employment opportunities and employers are much more available in urban areas. The Rural Team strategizes ways to obtain more CRPs in rural areas, which are traditionally underserved. The Business Employment Services Team has been created specifically to provide outreach and training services to employers, with the goal of encouraging more employers to provide employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (Page 181) Title IV
Performance measure 6: Effectiveness in Serving Employers.
• DVR is working with the Business Development Team to develop and track contacts and services/training provided to employers. (Page 192) Title IV