Workforce Development

With a diverse menu of programs and strong collaborative partners, Goodwill’s Department of Workforce Development empowers people with disabilities, transitioning U.S. Veterans, transitioning youth, people receiving public assistance, and others with significant barriers to employment to recognize their potential, develop new skills, and achieve their vocational goals.

Our team of experienced professionals works one-on-one with individuals to identify their unique set of employment challenges and build a personalized and holistic career development path to success.  Although referral is required for participation in most of our programs, we offer additional resources and support to assist all job seekers who wish to maximize their potential and pursue their career advancement opportunities both face to face and virtually.

AbilityOne

CSRA Program Locations: Fort Gordon Military Base
Middle Georgia Program Locations: Robins Air Force Base

Goodwill’s AbilityOne program offers career development and employment services to people with significant documented disabilities who need specific support and accommodations to maintain meaningful employment. AbilityOne participants benefit from valuable on the job training and gaining real-world work experience while earning a competitive wage. Contracts established through Good Vocations provide hands-on work experience opportunities for AbilityOne participants.

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Program Location: Depends upon requested services

In addition to general Vocational Rehabilitation services, Goodwill provides specific vocational training to youth ages 16-22 who are coordinated with an IEP or 504 Plan and are enrolled in Vocational Rehabilitation services.  Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) aims at providing students who are transitioning from high school to their next vocational step with work-based learning opportunities to overcome potential barriers to employment and to achieve their goals.  Pre-ETS services include: work-based training in a community worksite with a training wage, and additional job readiness services if authorized by the referring counselor. Pre-ETS requires a referral from your local GVRA office.

SNAPWorks

CSRA Program Locations: Augusta and Peach Orchard
Middle Georgia Program Locations: Broadway

Goodwill and the DFCS SNAP Works Program are working together to help you find a job and career. Individuals receiving SNAP benefits in the state of Georgia are screened for eligibility and enrolled in an employment and training program as a result of the guided development of an individual career plan. During this training, individuals will be assigned to a Career Development Specialist, assessed, trained and provided with credentialed and/or certificate-based vocational courses to enhance employability and decrease the need for relying on public assistance.

SNAP2WORK:

CSRA Program Locations: Aiken
CSRA South Carolina Career Service Areas:
Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick

In collaboration with the federal Food and Nutrition Service and the South
Carolina Department of Social Services, Goodwill offers career development and workforce training for SNAP-eligible participants 18 and older. While enrolled in the program, participants have access to multiple training opportunities focusing on in-demand career areas and are guided in developing an individual career plan. Participants of the program receive job placement resources, services and assistance in obtaining and retaining meaningful employment.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

CSRA Program Locations: Augusta, Aiken, Peach Orchard and Virtual Career Center

The SSVF program provides a range of supportive services to eligible military veterans and their families. The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. in partnership with Forces United and Goodwill promotes successful civilian transitions by connecting military families with community resources and assisting with permanent housing and job placement.  Goodwill welcomes all veterans seeking additional information in gaining successful civilian employment. Any veteran seeking services may contact their local Job Connection for details on how to receive holistic core services including: job search, application assistance, resume and interviewing skills.

TANF

CSRA Program Locations: Augusta, Peach, and Virtual Career Centers
Middle Georgia Program Locations:
Broadway, Dublin, Lake Oconee, Milledgeville, Warner Robins and Virtual Career Centers

Goodwill’s TANF program provides career development assistance and job placement resources to individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families stipends in the state of Georgia. The TANF program specifically aims to provide guided assessment, assistance developing a career plan, job readiness training, on the job training experience, and placement and retention assistance for job seekers receiving and applying for TANF benefits throughout Middle Georgia and the CSRA. This program requires a referral from your local TANF office. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

CSRA Program Locations: Augusta and Peach Orchard
Middle Georgia Program Locations: Dublin and Milledgeville

Goodwill and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency have partnered together to utilize a progressive training method to prepare people with disabilities for competitive employment. Services include: an evaluation of work-related skills, career exploration, work experience and training in a competitive work setting in Goodwill Retail stores and community training sites, vocational evaluations, job readiness training, training to develop personal and social adjustment skills, job placement and retention services. Vocational Rehabilitation Services require a referral from your local GVRA office.

For more information about Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs,
please contact your local Career Center
or email Manager of Career Services, Kristian Dawson at:
kdawson@goodwillworks.org