Training and Service Strategies that Support Customized Interventions for Employment


PRTEC’s RtW® grant will provide a range of interventions that lead to middle and high skilled employment, including assessment, coaching and counseling, short-term or accelerated training, and longer-term training leading to degrees and/or industry-recognized credentials. PRTEC executed a strong up-front assessment that allowed for customization of services and training along three types of customized intervention tracks to employment, to meet the needs of long-term unemployed workers to become reemployed.

These customized interventions are intended to result in rapid reemployment for assessed participants through one or more of the following three tracks:

1)    Intensive coaching and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement into middle and high-skilled jobs. Generally, this track is intended to serve long-term unemployed workers who have the skills and competencies to be placed directly into middle and high skilled employment without additional training, but are in need of intensive participant services and job placement services to secure employment in middle and high-wage jobs.

2)    Short-term training that may or may not result in an industry-recognized credential, but will lead to a skilled job. Generally, this track is intended to serve long-term unemployed workers who need short-term training to refresh or upgrade their skills and competencies and other participant and job placement services that lead to employment in middle and high skilled jobs.

Training along a career pathway that leads to an industry-recognized credential and employment in middle and high skilled jobs. Generally, this track is intended to serve long-term unemployed workers who need more intensive training that results in a degree or credential to gain new skills and competencies, as well as other participant and job placement services to support their progression along a career pathway and placement into middle and high skilled employment.

For the third track, a career pathway is defined as a system of career options which allows opportunities for professional growth and upward mobility. For this grant, training along a career pathway may start with entry-level occupations, but will lead to employment in middle and high skilled occupations in which employers are using H-1B visas. PRTEC will implement accelerated training options that will shorten the time to program completion, credential attainment, and reemployment.

Within these three customized tracks for employment, rapid reemployment and training activities will include a variety of specialized services, accelerated trainings, and related activities that lead to rapid reemployment into middle and high-skilled jobs, assist participants in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain employment in high-growth industries and occupations, and provide training along a career pathway that leads to an industry-recognized credential and employment in high-growth industries and occupations. In all three customized tracks, PRTEC will also ensure that rapid reemployment and training strategies are offered that allow long-term unemployed workers access to accelerated training and services based on individual needs.