The objectives of our Workforce Development issue area are to support agencies that help the chronically unemployed attach to the labor market and to also support programs assisting under-employed individuals in their move to living wage jobs. Job preparation programs that help youth acclimate to the workforce are also considered.
Advocacy/Technical Assistance: funding supports agencies that provide research on best practices, train direct service providers, promote change in the workforce delivery system, or advocate for increased public funding for programs.
Transitional Jobs Programs: provide real work experience, supportive services, and earned income for the chronically unemployed. Program participants have significant barriers to employment, including criminal records, histories of homelessness, limited English proficiency, long-term welfare dependence, and educations below the 6th grade level. Transitional Jobs programs train participants on work culture and routines, and help them establish employment records and references.
Job Training and Economic Development (JTED): programs are based in community organizations and developed in partnership with local businesses or industries. JTED programs serve low income job seekers. These programs help participants build skills related to growth industries that pay a living wage and provide opportunity for advancement. JTED programs include skills training that lead to an industry certificate or license.
Youth Skills Training: job services to youth that leads to a credential and job placement for youth, ages 16 - 24.