- Program-Specific Requirements for Wagner-Peyser Program (Employment Services)
All Program-Specific Requirements provided for the WIOA core programs in this section must be addressed for either a Unified or Combined State Plan.
- e. Agricultural Outreach Plan (AOP). Each State agency must develop an AOP every four years as part of the Unified or Combined State Plan required under sections 102 or 103 of WIOA. The AOP must include an assessment of need. An assessment need describes the unique needs of farmworkers in the area based on past and projected agricultural and farmworker activity in the State. Such needs may include but are not limited to: employment, training, and housing.
e. 6. A. Collaboration
Describe any collaborative agreements the state workforce agency (SWA) has with other MSFW service providers including NFJP grantees and other service providers. Describe how the SWA intends to build upon/increase collaboration with existing partners and in establishing new partners over the next four years (including any approximate timelines for establishing agreements or building upon existing agreements).
The SWA has two collaborative agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the following entities:
- A non-monetary MOU with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) for pre-occupancy farm worker housing inspections and
- NFJP Proteus Inc., as mandated by TEGL 8-17.
Currently the SWA has two agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the Indiana State Department (ISDH) of Health and the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) grantee, Proteus Inc. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) contracts the Indiana State Department of Health and its inspectors to conduct pre-occupancy farm worker housing inspections. This non-monetary MOU outlines the roles and responsibilities of each party regarding the housing inspections in the State of Indiana. The SWA will continue to partner with ISDH over the next four years and will renew the MOU on or before July 1, 2021.
The State Monitor Advocate (SMA) will continue to partner and collaborate with National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) as per TEGL 8-17, required MOU between State Monitor Advocates and National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) grantees. This non-monetary MOU establishes a pathway to ensure that MSFWs will have access to career pathways, job training, and other supportive services offered between the two parties. This partnership will continue to work together within the next four years by, conducting joint outreach to MSFWs, data collecting, attending meetings, SMA providing complaint system training and any other events deem necessary. Renewal date for this MOU will be by July 1, 2020. Therefore, as the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) engages with other migrant and seasonal farmworker agencies, new partnerships are created along with new agreements. The DWD will be creating a common interest agreement between DWD & Wage and Hour Division (WHD). This Memoranda of Agreement will allow joint outreach to be conducted when appropriate and will assist the SMA with information sharing in regards to Agriculture employers, exchanging investigative leads, complaints, and referrals of possible violations, to the extent allowable by law or policy. MOA should be effective July 1, 2020.