The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training utilizes a community-based, culturally sensitive strategy to provide services that are accessible to diverse job seekers in Minneapolis. Every five years (most recently awarded in fall of 2020 for 2021-2025), Minneapolis Employment and Training issues a competitive Requests for Proposals (RFP) to select potential providers to deliver employment and training services. Agencies that are selected are placed on a Minneapolis Employment and Training Eligible Providers List that defines the universe of potential providers for a specific time period. The open competition is advertised on the City of Minneapolis website.
The provider requirements are determined by the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB). Historically, the MWDB has prioritized issues such as diversity and equity, pathways to high-demand careers, living wages and benefits, and long-term retention for participants served in our programs.
The scope of services of the most recent RFP included:
- Outreach to adult and/or youth job seekers, particularly those who face barriers in the labor market;
- Program eligibility determination;
- Assessments of job seekers’ interests, knowledge, abilities, skills, and/or training needs;
- Client/Participant/Job seeker career planning, case management and wrap-around services;
- Employer engagement leading to defined job placement opportunities;
- Job placement assistance for participants; and
- Employment retention services and follow up services
Eligible Providers will be required to demonstrate financial management expertise/capacity to include, but not limited to, appropriate accounting systems and practices; accurate time- and record-keeping; compliance with federal Uniform Guidance and other specific grant requirements; and internal controls, including written policies and procedures for funds management.
The criteria used to evaluate the proposals include:
- Quality, thoroughness, and clarity of proposal.
- Level of experience/expertise in the provision of employment services.
- How well the experience and capacity of agency meets department objectives.
- Financial accountability and capacity of agency, including submission of all requested documents on the Fiscal/Financial Information form.
The responses to the RFP are systematically evaluated by an impartial review panel comprised of MWDB members and/or individuals familiar with federal, state, and local workforce development requirements. The review panel then presents its recommendations to the MWDB, and the Minneapolis City Council makes the final approval. The 2021-2025 Eligible Provider List for Minneapolis Employment and Training Service became effective January 1, 2021.
When WIOA and other funding opportunities become available, a competitive, funding-specific solicitation may be issued to agencies who have met the requirements to be placed on Minneapolis Employment and Training's Eligible Provider’s List.