This section highlights the Core Services (CS) provided by HIRE ED. The core services identify the assessment strategy employed by all partners.
Core Service 1
Potential participants complete an online application on FloridaHIREED.org
Core Service 2
Potential trainees proceed to workforce screening where the initial workforce application is completed and reviewed for eligibility. Career coaches determine eligibility based on the project target population and selection criteria. The WIB professionals are already engaged with those receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and they have additional experts to address the needs of those who have exhausted their UI benefits. WIB career centers have daily contact with potential HIRE ED clients and the WIBs have systems in place to ensure that potential clients meet the criteria for enrollment. More importantly, the career coaches provide the support necessary to help these students persist in a reemployment program and gain a meaningful career with a living-wage. As client needs are identified, innovative approaches to service delivery are adjusted to meet the needs of the workforce customer. A one-on-one interview between the WIB career counselor and the customer is conducted to assess the individual’s employability skills, education level, vocational skills, and barriers to employment. Case notes and referrals to other outreach agencies can be made during and following this interview. The participant and case manager develop an employment plan that may include supportive services like fuel assistance, child care, and/or job retraining.
Core Service 3
Workforce sends eligible reemployment-training candidates to the college or university selected by the candidate for assessment. An educational and career assessment is conducted as part of the suitability screening which includes a pretest and/or an advising session with other potential applicants. Once clients determine their program interest they are be advised by HIRE ED team members who define an education plan for each participant. The plan provides a clear pathway to program enrollment criteria, completion and certification exams (as required), advising during matriculation, and tutoring during enrollment. Advisors determine if the candidate possesses the necessary problem-solving skills to advance to one of the training opportunities identified in this proposal. Potential first-time students enrolled in manufacturing and supportive service technology programs must have the following: a) a minimum of a high school diploma or GED; b) college entry-level readiness (as determined by college placement tests or TABE).
Core Service 4
For those who require intensive training services, the EDU partner schedules reemployment training for eligible and suitable customers.
Core Service 5
Within 20 months, a participant earns an industry-recognized credential/certificate.
Core Service 6
Participants’ job searches peak during the post-training period; support from Workforce Investment Board is provided.
Core Service 7
Participants gain employment with assistance from training center and WIB.
Core Service 8
Workforce tracks and records participant updates on QPR in DOL’s HUB database.