Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma offers Goodwill Works, a vocational training program designed to assist individuals acquire work experience, job readiness skills and vocational exploration geared towards defining an individuals’ career goal. Goodwill Works utilizes supervised work crews, classroom instructions and a variety of community experience to train the basic responsibilities and appropriate work habits, attitudes, and personal and social adjustment skills, needed to be successful in community integrated employment.
- Services: Goodwill provides the necessary level of support in the following areas:
- Intake: As part of the referral process information will be collected on an individual’s educational, medical, behavioral and vocational history. An in depth in person interview will be conducted to assess the suitability for the Goodwill Works program to meet the vocational development needs of the individual
- Vocational Exploration and Assessment: To assist individuals in selecting an appropriate career path, opportunities to explore a variety of work sites and jobs are provided through on site visits, tours, videos and guest speakers. Assessments to gauge an individual interests, aptitudes and self-knowledge will also be provide. This information will assist in predicting a realistic employment outcome and is critical to developing the individual career plan.
- Case Management: A Critical component of Goodwill Works is the development of an individualized service plan, coordination with referral sources and other community services that are not vocational but that must be in place for individuals to maintain employment. These services may include coordinating, linking and monitoring areas such as residential, transportation, legal, medical, financial, mental health, etc.
- Job Readiness: Both on the job experience and classroom instruction will be used to develop time management, attendance to tasks, following instructions, accepting feedback, working with others, and appropriate work behaviors will be addressed. Handling a paycheck and other basic financial skills will be offered.
- Work Experience: Work includes but is not limited to, handling donations, meeting and greeting customers and donors, janitorial responsibilities, stocking sales floor, material handling, pricing and hanging clothing.
- Job Search/ Placement: When a trainee demonstrates their readiness for a competitive job in the community Goodwill Career Navigators will help match an individual’s interests, skills and desires to an appropriate position in the community. Arranging interviews and opportunities for interaction with employers are part of this aspect of the program. Assistance with applications, resumes and interview skills are developed. 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 will provide training on the job as the individual learns their new job and work assignments. They will provide guidance as the individual adjust 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 to 6-8 participants assigned to the work crew and serves as the liaison between this work group and the employer. The typical work day starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. which includes a half hour lunch break. The work week is generally Monday through Friday. Typically, trainees will spend approximately 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 needing to develop their physical work stamina a modified schedule may be offered. All trainees are expected to participate a minimum for 20 hours a week, 15 hours of work experience and 5 hours of job readiness and vocational exploration activities.
While individuals are involved in work they will paid. The hourly rate will be no less than the Federal minimum wage. Pay periods, and other information related to wages will be discussed during program orientation. While attending classes, during community employer visits and other training and development activities wages are not paid.
Eligibility Requirements for the Goodwill Works Vocational Training Program
There are some conditions that 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.