WIOA Youth Incentive Policy

Issuance No: P4
Issuance Date: March 29, 2011; Revised 6/10/14, 5/7/15, 12/3/15
Subject: WIOA Youth Incentive Policy

Effective July 1, 2015

Incentives are a way to encourage workforce participants’ participation or to reward participants for achieving specific elements indicated in the participants’ employment plan.  An incentive is a payment to an eligible WIOA Youth registrant for the successful participation and achievement of expected outcomes as defined in the individual’s Individual Service Strategy (ISS).  The incentive must be linked to an achievement and must be tied to training and education, work readiness skills and/or an occupational skills attainment goal as identified in the ISS.  Such achievements must be documented in Toolbox 2.0 Incentive Payments activity and in the participant’s file as the basis for an incentive payment.

If the youth has exited the WIOA Youth enrollment and is in WIOA Youth Follow-up the youth is still eligible to receive incentives. The WIOA Youth Toolbox 2.0 Incentive Payments activity must be opened and the incentive payment documented in service notes.

Incentive payments may be awarded for the following goal accomplishments or activities:   

  • Attainment of a Degree or Certificate;
  • Work Readiness Skill Attainment;
  • Placement & Retention in Employment or Education; and
  • Skill Gains

This list of cash incentives may be awarded to WIOA Youth participants for full completion and achievement in a WIOA activity.  Incentive payments may be awarded as cash incentives only. Incentives must be paid within four (4) quarters after exit.

Maximum Incentive Amount:  Total incentive is not to exceed $500 per person per program year.

Incentive goals must be indicated on the Individual Services Strategy (ISS) goal planning worksheet and be a part of their employment plan.

Attainment of a Degree or Certificate

To qualify for high school diploma or GED incentive:  the participant must not possess this degree prior to enrollment; documentation will be a copy of the high school diploma, GED or official transcripts verifying completion of a diploma or GED.  The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the date of completion.

To qualify for recognized credential incentive:  the participant must not possess the credential prior to youth program enrollment; documentation will be a copy of the certificate, degree or official transcript.   The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the date of completion.

Incentive amounts for Attainment of a Degree or Certificate are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Work Readiness Skill Attainment

To qualify for the Skill Attainment incentive:  documentation will be  test scores indicating level of increase in Reading, Language or Math; copy of work readiness pre and post tests scores; transcript indicating completion courses for one year or a minimum of two semesters related to reading, language or math skills.  The documentation must indicate progression of score levels in one of the three levels.  WorkKeys Assessment may also be used; if the participant receives a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating they will receive the incentive.

Incentive amounts for Work Readiness Skill Attainment are indicated on Attachment 1.

To qualify for the Missouri Career Center Workshop Attendance incentive:   documentation will be workshop attendance documented in Toolbox 2.0. Participants may earn this incentive up to four (4) times per program year.

Incentive amounts for Attainment of a Degree or Certificate are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Placement in Employment or Education

To qualify for Entered Employment incentive:  the participant must obtain employment after enrollment in the program. A copy of employment information which may include check stub, letter of employment, etc. is to be in the participants file for data validation and must include the employment start date. Incentive payments will be offered for 30 days and again at 90 days of employment.

To qualify for Placement in Employment including Military: the participant must enlist during WIOA youth program participation or have already enlisted prior to youth participation; appropriate documentation includes a copy of military records.  The documentation is to be in the participants file for data validation and must include the military enlistment date.

To qualify for Enrolled in Post-Secondary Education or Training:  the participant must enroll in or be enrolled in education during WIOA youth program participation; appropriate documentation includes a copy of training records or school transcripts.  The documentation is to be in the participant’s file for data validation and must include the begin date at the training facility.

Incentive amounts for Attainment of a Degree or Certificate are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Skill Gains

Out-of-School Youth to qualify for Literacy Numeracy incentive:  a participant is an individual that was determined as an Out-of-School youth and Basic Skills Deficient (BSD) at time of registration. Out-of-School youth identified as BSD must be post-tested at least once by the end of the first year following the individual’s first date of WIOA youth program services.  Youth who successfully complete all Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) / Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) retesting requirements within 12 months from the date of the first youth service can receive an incentive for completing the TABE / CASAS retest.  An incentive payment may be made for retesting annually as long as the individual is included in the measure.  These participants must be included in the measure for the first year of participation.  They are not included again in the measure until they have completed a second full year in the program.  Post testing should occur only in those areas in which the youth tested deficient.  Documentation indicating the pre- and post-test results must be entered into the Toolbox system and provided in the file.

In-School Youth to qualify for Literacy Numeracy incentive: a participant is an in-school youth and attending secondary, post-secondary, or alternative school.  In order for youth to receive the attendance incentive, they cannot miss more than 2 days of school in one semester. In order for youth to receive the grade incentive they must have at minimum a 3.0 GPA or 75% average, per semester. Counselors must obtain a copy of school records and place in the participant’s file for data validation.

Incentive amounts for Attainment of a Degree or Certificate are indicated on the incentive payment chart below.

Northwest Region Incentive Policy – Effective July, 1, 2015

Goal must be indicated on the employment plan and on the Individual Service Strategy (ISS) goal planning worksheet and met within the timeframe established in order to qualify for the incentive. Appropriate Toolbox 2.0 services must be opened and service note(s) entered. Maximum Incentive Amount: Total incentive is not to exceed $500 per person per program year.

incentive-chart

 

 

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