Goodwill Vocational Training
Goodwill Works is a vocational training program designed to help individuals acquire work experience and job readiness skills. This is done through vocational exploration geared towards defining an individuals’ career goal. Through supervised work crews, classroom instruction and a variety of community experiences, individuals learn appropriate work habits, attitudes, basic responsibilities as well as personal and social adjustment skills.
Goodwill provides the necessary level of support in the following areas:
- Intake: Information will be collected on an individual’s educational, medical, behavioral and vocational history as part of the referral process. An in-depth, in-person interview will be conducted to assess the individual’s vocational development needs.
- Vocational Exploration and Assessment: Opportunities to explore various jobs and worksites are provided through on-site visits, tours, videos, and guest speakers. Assessments are made to gauge an individual’s interests, aptitudes, and self-knowledge. This information is critical to developing an individual’s career plan and determining realistic employment.
- Case Management: Developing an individualized service plan is a critical component of Goodwill Works. Case managers will orchestrate the logistics of an individual’s needs. This includes coordinating with referral sources and other non-vocational community services that must be in place for individuals to maintain employment along with monitoring an individual’s residential, transportation, legal, medical, financial, mental health needs, and other requirements.
- Job Readiness: With on-the-job experience and classroom instruction, individuals will learn time management, attendance to tasks, following instructions, accepting feedback, working with others, appropriate work behaviors, handling a paycheck and other basic financial skills.
- Work Experience: Work experience includes handling donations, meeting and greeting customers and donors, janitorial responsibilities, stocking sales floor, material handling, pricing and hanging clothing.
- Job Search/Placement: Trainees demonstrating a talent for a competitive job may be placed in an appropriate position in the community matching their interests, skills, and desires. Arranging interviews and opportunities for interaction with employers are part of the program. Individuals will be assisted with applications, resumes, and interview skills. Job Sampling and Job Shadowing are also available to help trainees learn about specific job tasks and responsibilities.
- On-the-job Training/Follow Along Services: Goodwill Career Navigators provide on-the-job training and guidance as the individual adjusts to their new work environment, routines and co-workers. This support is typically provided for the first several weeks on the job and is gradually phased out as the new employee becomes more self-sufficient. Routine follow-up visits and phone calls will continue.
Work Schedule and Wages
A Goodwill Job Coach provides direction, support, and training for 6-8 participants assigned to the work crew and serves as the liaison between this workgroup and the employer. A typical workday begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. and includes a half-hour lunch break. The workweek is generally Monday through Friday. Typically, trainees will spend 20 hours per week in work experience activities and 5 hours per week participating in a variety of job readiness and vocational exploration activities.
For individuals who need to develop their physical work stamina, a modified schedule may be offered. All trainees are expected to participate in a minimum of 20 hours a week: 15 hours of work experience and 5 hours of job readiness and vocational exploration activities.
Individuals will be paid for work. Hourly rates will be no less than the Federal minimum wage. Pay periods and other wage-related information will be discussed during program orientation. Wages are not paid while attending classes, during community employer visits and other training and development activities.
Eligibility Requirements for the Goodwill Works Vocational Training Program
Certain conditions must be met before a person will be accepted into the Goodwill Works Vocational Training program.
- There must be substantial reason to believe that the individual has the ability and desire to become competitively employed
- The individual must agree to 20 hours per week of paid work experience and 5 hours a week of training related to work habits, attitudes, and personal and social adjustment skills
- The individual must acknowledge minimum program participation requirements of 85% attendance to benefit from training and to remain active in the program.
- The individual must not present a danger to the health and safety of self or others.
- The individual must have all self- help skills (eating, toileting, medication etc.)
- The minimum age for participation in the program is 18 years.
- An individual is not currently nor has in the past three years displayed any violent behaviors towards self or others.
Hours of Operation- 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
316 S. Blackwelder Avenue Okc, Ok 73108
Program Cost- Free
Funded in part by the Department of Disability Services
Contact us at 405-278-7100 for more information.