As we all know, the Training and Employment Guide (TEGL) 17-16 is your guide to working with your local AJC partner. After reading this TEGL, I know a lot of your heads have turned. TEGLs are certainly needed to advance the work of the AJC`s partners. TEGL 17-16 provides concrete guidelines, so that CFCs and partners are aware of what is expected in the development and implementation of an IFA. Some CEP Fellows may have had good experiences negotiating their contracts, while others may not have succeeded or even started. Did you know that there are faQs that serve as a quick reference to frequently asked questions and summarize the main points of TEGL 17-16? Elements of the IFA – Period during which the IFA is effective; Identifying the infrastructure cost budget (part of the AJC budget); Identifying all AJC partners; Description of the verification/modification process The steps the Group will take to reach consensus; how to solve problems related to the IFA in the absence of consensus. Cash – Cash contributions can be identified as payments to rental, utilities, auxiliary equipment, signage and even office equipment. Keep in mind that these are the components that support the overall operation of the AJC. Cash is by far the most common way for AJC partners to contribute to infrastructure. Following this path will certainly make your life easier! Third-party in-child contributions – third-party in-kind contributions are provided by third parties and include space, equipment, technology, non-personal services or other areas of support for infrastructure costs related to DJC operations.

There are two types of third-party in-kind contributions: 1. General contributions to AJC operations. This type is not manufactured in the name of a single AJC partner. 2. Contributions that are provided specifically on behalf of a CYA partnership program. You may be wondering: How much does it cost me? Here is a brief description of infrastructure costs and the nature of the contributions THAT CESP partners can make to the IFA. It`s time to jump into the sandbox and understand your responsibilities as described in TEGL 17-16. Let us first look at the agreement and the IFA to ensure that we understand what is expected. The Local Workforce Development Board and AJC partners must register an agreement in accordance with the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The deadline for the implementation of an agreement expired on July 1, 2017. Therefore, the IFA must be defined in the agreement and meet the requirements of TEGL 17-16.

The key is to digest TEGL 17-16, as it describes some of the necessary elements that need to be included in the IFA. Well, if you play in the sandbox, you have to play by the rules – share, be fair, communicate, be respectful and above all be honest. As the period ending January 1, 2018, all U.S. Employment Centers must have their share of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This means that the SCSEP community must be ready to play as a necessary partner in the sandbox. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to IFAs near you. However, to play in the sandbox, you need to know the rules of engagement and the role you play. If you`ve developed your MOU with ease, we`d love to hear from you. And if you still have trouble understanding the process and trying to identify the ways they can bring it, we`d also like to hear from you.

We also recommend that you contact your colleagues and ask yourself what strategies worked for them. As a friendly reminder, don`t forget to sign up for the December 6th webinar ”MOU Negotiations: The Partner Perspective” on WorkforceGPS.