Utah and Arkansas honored by AIFE for UI Initiatives
The Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services have been named as co-winners of the Full Employment Award, given annually by the American Institute for Full Employment . The winners have both developed innovative and impactful new ways to engage UI claimants in meaningful work search activities -
Utah Department of Workforce Services - Online Claimant Overview & Evaluation System
Building on its existing online reemployment initiatives,
Results. In its pilot phase, with REA program claimants,
In July 2012,
This dynamic online overview and evaluation system is just one part of a comprehensive effort started in 2009 to retool
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services – Reemployment Services (RES) Pilot Program
Building on their existing Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services Program,
Design. Pilot participants are selected in the first five weeks of the claim and required to complete an online assessment to identify their knowledge, skills and abilities based on previous work experience. The results of the assessment are used to identify alternative occupations available to the participant and potential job referrals.
Participants are also required to engage in additional assessment activities to obtain either a skill readiness certificate or referral to adult education to improve basic skills. Participants must also complete online job search skills learning.
Finally, participants must complete up to five mandatory counseling appointments scheduled every two weeks. Participants have a total of nine required appointments and missing an appointment results in the deferral of one week of UI benefits (maximum of nine weeks deferred).
Results. In the first six months of the pilot, the program results have been strong. To date, 1,227 claimants have been selected and 934 (75.5%) have participated in the program with the following results:
For more details on this year’s and past years’ awards, go to www.fullemployment.org .