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 components should entail approximately 12 contacts with employers per month.
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 but is not limited to:
- Occupational assessment
- Remedial and entry-level job skills training
- Online Job Search Tools
- Resume building
- Interview skills coaching
- Customized and institutional skill training
- Self-improvement training
- Job Club, and/or Job Placement Services
Job Retention services are provided to individuals who have secured employment to help them achieve satisfactory performance, retain employment, and increase earnings over time. Such services and reimbursable participant costs may include but are not limited to:
- Case management
- Life skill classes
- Referrals to other services
- Dependent care assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Clothing required for the job
- Equipment or tools required for the job
- Test fees
- Union dues, and/or Licensing and bonding fees
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.
Note: Federal Employment & Training (E&T) funds cannot take the place of nonfederal (i.e., State, local) funds for existing educational services. Federal financial participation for operating education components may be authorized only for costs that exceed the normal cost of services provided to persons not participating in E&T.
Vocational Training or Career/Technical Education Programs
Vocational Training is designed to improve the employability of participants by providing training in a skill or trade for careers in current or emerging employment sectors, typically provided by training institutions that provide an industry-recognized certificate or credential.
Adult Basic Education or High School Equivalency (HSE)
Programs that offer academic instruction and education services that increase an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and perform mathematics or other activities necessary for the attainment of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent; transition to postsecondary education and training; and obtain employment. Such programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), basic literacy, and high school equivalency (GED, TASC, HiSET, or other).
English Second Language (ESL)
A component designed to help English language learners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language.
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.
Work Experience participants are placed in an assignment where theyacquire actual work experience and/or training. The goal of thisexperience 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 they must provide the same working conditions and workers compensation benefits that are provided to regularly employed individuals performing similar work for equal hours.
Pre-Apprenticeships / Apprenticeships
Pre-apprenticeship services and programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction. Apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation directly linked to an apprenticeship program. These programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
A work placement made through a contract with an employer or registered apprenticeship program sponsor in the public, private nonprofit, or private sector. An OJT contract must be limited to the period of time required for a participant to become proficient in the occupation for which the training is being provided. In determining the appropriate length of the contract, consideration should be given to the skill requirements of the occupation, the academic and occupational skill level of the participant, prior work experience, and the participant's individual employment plan.
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.