Our goal is to get participants back on their feet working full-time rapidly. To do so, we follow these steps:
1) Job Readiness Program
The Job Readiness Program lasts 2-4 weeks and focuses on what we call ‘hard' and 'soft’ skills, which employers are looking for. These include good communication, getting along with others, having a positive attitude, interview skills and much more. This will give our participants the edge against outside competition when they apply and interview for jobs.
2) Applying and Interviewing
As soon as we think a participant is ready, we send them on job interviews. Our sales representatives have built relationships with employers so that we know where each participant will fit in best, and we match them with these specific jobs.
Once a participant starts working, America Works continues to support them. We have case managers and mentors follow up with participants to ensure that they are getting to work on time daily, to help them resolve any problems they may have at work, and to help them work with the other social services that they may be receiving.
4) Excelling at Work
Most of the jobs that our participants obtain have room for growth. We work with our participants to ensure that they are taking advantage of every opportunity that is given to them. These include work training programs, taking a GED class, other community based job training classes, college level classes and/or any other program available to them. The goal is to help the participants become a stable independent person for the long run. Once they have seen themselves succeed in the workplace, they are more likely to succeed learning new skills and advancing in their field.