The saying is true: You need a job to get a job. That’s where Transitional Jobs can help uplift some of the region’s workforce. Transitional Jobs (TJ) helps job seekers who may have multiple barriers to gaining employment build the work history needed to take the first step to a solid career. This program is especially useful for those with chronic unemployment or ex-offenders looking to rejoin the workforce.
In addition, the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act (WIOA) prioritizes serving individuals with barriers to employment. With that goal in mind, the TJ model is being deployed nationwide as an evidence-based strategy for assisting people with substantial barriers to employment. Typically these programs consist of subsidized short-term paid work experience, classroom training, and supportive services.
Partner4Work contracts with several local training providers for delivery of TJ related programming, including the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, and the Center for Employment Opportunities. To date, nearly 100 job seekers have been served through the Transitional Jobs program locally.