Work Skills and Employment Services
A comprehensive literacy and life skills curriculum meets students’ individual needs. Classes feature basic language and computer literacy and math, along with life skills and customer service training. The job-training program consists of month-long learning modules coupled with case management. Students learn how to conduct a job search and find out what’s necessary to get hired. Along with academics, the staff focuses on building student self confidence through assistance with practice in decision making and strategic thinking.
- Work Ready
As a first step in participation, every client enrolls in Work Ready for their first month of involvement. Required classes meet 20 hours a week for four weeks. During this time, students complete a full career assessment of their job experience and interests while learning life skills and the basics of customer service. Course work is delivered in different reinforcing modalities: presentations, assignments, workshops, mock interviews, and one-on-one coaching. Each student is assigned a caseworker, who becomes a dependable ally and supporter. This vital relationship continues through each client’s involvement in the education and training period and for two years afterwards for support them in new searches, issues in the workplace, and job retention. Successful completion of the program depends on meeting the goals of the class assignments, daily attendance, and retaining sobriety.
- Individual Plans
After completing the Work Ready phase, the client and case manager work on a plan that’s tailored to individual needs and career goals. Job training takes various shapes; for example; one client may benefit from continuing to focus on literacy skills. Another may be drawn to study for an industry-recognized certificate in digital literacy, Serve Safe, or customer service, or to learn the OSHA standards for work safety.Clients can spend their time integrating their classroom work through internships. They rely on the strength of staff support, as they look for work and explore possibilities for more education. The majority of Project Place clients sign on to work in one of our Social Enterprise programs.Finding a home is a crucial factor in our clients’ lives. As the client moves through the program, caseworkers address their housing need, present options, and guide the client through the application processes for more permanent homes.
- Business and Customer Services
Often, the second month is a time to learn business and customer Skills. Students work on improving their interpersonal relations, and they attend employment workshops that emphasize computer skills. At the same time, staff works intensively with clients on understanding their personal issues about work and helps them develop strategies for overcoming their barriers.