Job Search requires participants to make inquiries to prospective employers. Participants may do this; on their own, with one-on-one assistance, or in a group setting. It is considered a legitimate job search contact when the participant submits a resume or application to an employer or has an interview with a potential employer. The job contact must be in an area of work for which the participant is reasonably qualified.
Job Search Training
Job Search Training enhances the job readiness of participants by teaching job seeking techniques, increasing job search motivation and boosting self-confidence. This component includes occupational assessment, remedial and entry-level job skills training, resume building, interview skills coaching, customized and institutional skill training and self-improvement training.
Work Experience participants are placed in an assignment where they acquire actual work experience and/or training. The goal of this experience is to enable participants to move into regular employment. Work Experience placements can be with private, for profit or non-profit agencies. Work experience assignments may not replace the employment of a regularly employed individual, and must provide the same working conditions and workers compensation benefits that are provided to regularly employed individuals performing similar work for equal hours. Placements can include internships or On the Job Training (OJT).
Workfare participants work off the value of their household’s monthly benefit allotment through an assignment at a private or public non-profit agency as a condition of eligibility. In lieu of wages, workfare participants receive compensation in the form of their household’s monthly benefit allotment. The primary goal of workfare is to improve employability and encourage individuals to move into regular employment while returning something of value to the community. Workfare assignments cannot replace or prevent the employment of regular employees. Workfare assignments must provide the same working conditions and workers compensation benefits that are provided to regularly employed individuals performing similar work for equal hours.
Vocational Training / Education
Vocational Training / Education is designed to improve the employability of participants by providing training in a skill or trade, thereby allowing participants to move directly and promptly into employment. This service is typically provided by training institutions that provide a certification or diploma.
Education activities are programs that have a direct link to the local job market for participants who cannot gain employment due to basic skills deficits or lack of a high school diploma. Typically refers to Basic Education, which includes programs such as Adult Basic Education, Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency.
Job Retention services are provided to individuals who have secured employment, that help achieve satisfactory performance, retain employment, and increase earnings over time. These services can include post-employment counseling, coaching, and other case management activities and are available to the participant up to 90 days from the date of employment.
The following components/programs are not allowed for CFET:
- 4-year college degree
- Transfer degrees
- Training program stipends
Individuals participating in CFET components can receive reimbursement for support services such as transportation costs associated with program participation and other federally approved ancillary costs that are reasonably necessary and directly related to CFET participation. These include textbooks, tools, work clothing, dependent care, and short-term housing stabilization services, etc.