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  • The TJ experience must be a developmental process, not just a temporary job in order to support the goal of employment.
  • 20 practitioners from across the country Series of conference calls and 1 in-person convening

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  • NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE JULY 14, 2011 Lessons Learned: Transitional Employment for Families, Singles, and Youth www.transitionaljobs.net
  • The National Transitional Jobs Network
    • The NTJN exists to ensure that policies account for the hard-to-employ, that programs are able to effectively serve as many individuals as possible, and that best practices and technical assistance are widely shared and implemented throughout the network.
    • Technical Assistance
    • State and Federal Advocacy
    • Monthly Newsletters – sign up at www.transitionaljobs.net
    • National Conference
  • Button From a Previous Conference
    • Employment
    • +
    • Housing
    • ENDS HOMELESSNESS
  • Presentation Overview
    • What are Transitional Jobs?
    • Lessons Learned & Promising Practices
    • Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
  • Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs (TJ) is a workforce strategy designed to overcome employment obstacles by using time-limited, wage-paying jobs that combine real work, skill development, and supportive services, to transition participants successfully into the labor market . Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • The premise of Transitional Jobs programs is that everyone can work.
    • TJ is a stepping stone out of poverty for populations with barriers to employment.
    • Transitional Jobs programs offer experiential workplace learning so participants can:
        • gain on-the-job success
        • build work history
        • increase stability at a job
        • increase soft and hard job skills
    Theory of Change… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • Address barriers to work
    • Stabilize participants through income
    • Increase soft skills and some hard skills
    • Transition to unsubsidized employment when ready
    “ Work organizes life” – William Julius Wilson Goals… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • Orientation & Assessment
    • Job Readiness/Life Skills Classes
    • Case Management Support
    • Transitional Job - Real Work Experience
    • Unsubsidized Job Placement & Retention
    • Linkages to Education and Training
    Unpacking the Model… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
      • Subsidized jobs in a non-profit, for profit , and/or government setting
      • Time-limited. The TJ typically lasts 3-9 months depending upon the population & participant needs
      • Wage-paid
    Unpacking the Transitional Job… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
      • TJ programs have a strong employment case management structure and wrap-around support with linkages to the following:
    • Transportation Child Care Clothing
    • Housing Substance Abuse Mental Health
    • Probation/Parole Requirements
    Unpacking Supportive Services… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • Scattered Site – Participants work in for-profit, non-profit or government sites with 1-2 workers per site. (Examples: Heartland Human Care Services, TWC, GA Goodworks and WA Community Jobs)
    • Work Crew – Crews of 5-7 people work on a project often within maintenance, janitorial, parks, and community renewal projects. (Examples: CEO, Roca, Doe Fund)
    • Social Enterprise – Participants work as an employee of the product or service revenue generating arm of an organization. (Examples: Sweet Beginnings, Circle Catering, Goodwill)
    Program Structures… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • Participant’s interests in work matter as motivation
    • Evaluate aptitudes
    • Identify employer perceived barriers
    • Address realistic opportunities in local market
    • Attempt to match interest, aptitudes and labor market with the TJ placement
    • Develop a work focused Plan with participant with short term goals, defined responsibilities and all necessary to achieve outcome
    From theory to practice… Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Lessons Learned
    • Structure and intensify on-site mentoring and coaching activities
    • Gradually increase responsibilities and stress
    • Provide daily structured feedback on performance
    • Increase time spent in TJ for those whose chances of success in the competitive labor market are especially limited.
    Lesson Learned: The Transitional Jobs experience must be a developmental process
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Lessons Learned
    • Ongoing , consistent and structured retention services are necessary to help support transitions to employment and success, including:
      • Conduct at least 6 months of follow-up; 3 contacts per month
      • Provide cash and non-cash incentives for retention
      • Offer reemployment services and reentry into TJ if needed
    Lesson Learned: Intensive retention services are critical to support participant success
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Lessons Learned
    • TJ programs are most effective when targeted to people with substantial barriers to employment as opposed to individuals with better prospects of finding work on their own or with less intensive help, such as:
    • Long term welfare recipients
    • Public housing recipients
    • No work experience
    • Recently released from prison
    • Up-front screenings should identify who can most benefit.
    Lessons Learned: Transitional Jobs are most successful when targeted to the most In need
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Lessons Learned TJ participants face a number of barriers to employment and service needs. In order to support successful transitions to employment, supportive service and referral relationships must be established and nurtured. Lessons Learned: Supportive service and referral relationships are critical for participant success but take time to develop
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement Lessons Learned Promising Practice: Integration of contextualized adult basic education and literacy with Transitional Jobs
    • Literacy and numeracy are significant barriers to employment and advancement for TJ populations
    • Contextualized ABE, which employs materials, situations and problems drawn directly from the workplace has potential to work especially well in conjunction with TJ
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • DOL awarded 7 grants to organizations from across the country to test effectiveness of the TJ strategy with enhancements like:
    • Longer TJ programs
    • Step-down subsidy periods with for-profit employers
    • Retention and follow-up enhancements
    • Linkages with occupational skills training
    DOL Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration: Testing program enhancements & promising practices
  • Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement
    • Develop peer relationships between service providers providing employment services to individuals experiencing homelessness
    • Develop practitioner-informed promising practices on providing employment services to the population
    • Identify areas of further study needed
    • Identify and promote policy and systems changes needed
    Working to End Homelessness: National Transitional Jobs Network Community of Practice
  • For more information, contact: arynell@heartlandalliance.org or visit: www.transitionaljobs.net