Services for People
Independence Comes From Earning a Paycheck...
Workforce Development services provide education, training, and job skills so individuals with disabilities or other barriers can become employed.
The Workforce Development staff identifies skills, assesses needs, advises, trains and educates for job readiness and job placement.
Goodwill also offers Retention services and Life Skills classes as well as computer training, resume development and internships to prepare people for work.
Referrals to the Goodwill Workforce Development programs are made through the Department of Job and Family Services and The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.
What we do...
This department is the heart of Goodwill's mission. The Goodwill staff helps people help themselves by giving them the tools to succeed in the work place and to become independent by earning a paycheck.
Employment Related Programs
- Work assessment
- Work adjustment
- Job seeking skills training
- Community work experience
- Resume development
- Computer Tutoring
- Job coaching or tryouts
- Transitional work service
- Work evaluation
- Life Skills classes
- Retention services
Individuals participate in an assessment that focuses on work habits such as productivity, work attitude, punctually, willingness to learn, and reliability.
"I've been to many agencies, but Goodwill is the only place that opened the door for me. I thank Goodwill from the inside out!"
Individuals participate in a program of case management and training to help develop work habits and attitudes required for competitive employment. Each program is individually designed based on the outcome of their work assessment.
Job Readiness and Placement
Goodwill's Placement Specialists assist individuals in obtaining employment; which includes classroom instruction, resume preparation, interview techniques, and application completion along with post-employment support.
"I would not be where I am right now if it had not been for the guidance and support that I got from Goodwill. It's a plain and simple fact!"
Community Work Experience
Individuals work at temporary community-based job sites. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the realistic work demands found in competitive employment.
Goodwill offers individualized computer training for consumers in the following computer programs: Word, Internet, e-mail, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. For information on the Computer Tutoring Program, please contact the V.P. of Workforce Development, (330) 264-1300 ext. 239.
Job Coaching Services
Job trainers work side-by-side with individuals at community-based job sites teaching specific job skills and appropriate work behaviors for success on the job. Job trainers gradually fade services until individuals are able to perform job tasks independently.
The program that provides employment to individuals who can function productively within the support of transitional environment.
Work First Training Program
Goodwill's Work First Training Program helps transition people to financial stability and rewarding careers. For eligible TANF recipients, participation in this program provides on-the-job training for the purpose of increasing the participant's professional skills and employability. This program also provides assistance in developing vocational and educational goals, identifying and eliminating barriers to employment, and other support services.
Goodwill works with a variety of individuals such as seniors, those getting off of welfare or coming out of a correctional facility, people with physical or mental disabilities, and many more individuals who may have a difficult time re-entering the workforce.
If interested in our programs and not certain who to talk with please contact us at:
Tom Police, Vice President, Workforce Development (330) 264-1300 ext. 239. Goodwill works with The Employment and Training Connection, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, and The Wayne and Holmes Counties Departments of Job and Family Services.
Life Skills Program
Goodwill Industries' Life and Work Skills Program helps strengthen families by providing bi-weekly modules that teach skills critical to success in life and work. Twenty- three Life Skills modules, plus additional classes addressing budgeting, daycare, drug/alcohol, depression, and support/resources, are the core of the curriculum offered in this program.
Nationally Accredited -
consistently received the highest endorsement from CARF
, The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.