Please join us in an upcoming webinar and the launch of new technical guidance to the field! Practices in Workforce Employment Network Operation – New Technical Guidance takes place on May 26th at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

ETA, along with the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Social Security Administration (SSA) developed an Employment Network (EN) technical guide for American Job Centers.

Nationally, over 100 workforce entities have partnered with SSA and established themselves as an EN to increase the capacity of the public workforce system to include individuals with significant disabilities in local community pathways. ENs participating in Ticket to Work help Social Security disability beneficiaries return to work or enter the workforce for the first time. DOL, through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), has been a bridge between SSA and the workforce system by requiring DEI projects to become an EN to administer the Ticket program. Participation as a workforce system in the Ticket to Work program has resulted in positive outcomes in two key areas by: 1) providing a source of income to help the American Job Center enhance services; and 2) helping job seekers with disabilities who are receiving SSA benefits return to or enter the workforce.

This national webinar will promote the advantages this opportunity provides to local systems, in addition to releasing a new “Employment Network Technical Guide” and accompanying “Desk Aid” for use by active Workforce ENs and those Workforce Systems contemplating the operation as an EN. You will also hear about the experiences of 3 current workforce systems from the Workforce EN operators themselves.

This session will highlight the key benefits of becoming an EN, which can help workforce system operators increase their capacity to include people with disabilities in their service delivery and Career Pathway models, and can generate flexible funding to invest in customer services.