The Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program offers free services to help eligible individuals find suitable employment. You may be eligible for this program if you are out of work through no fault of your own, eligible for Unemployment Insurance and unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry. All services are offered FREE of charge and are tailored for your specific needs and goals for employment.
You’ll work closely with an employment and training specialist to develop an Individual Services Plan, which may include the following:
Training needs assessment
Assessment of your most marketable skills is done through a series of aptitude and interest inventories. These professional tools are used in combination with individualized consultation as we help you in selecting a career path or continuing education.
Basic skills updating
We provide assistance for individuals who need to improve reading, writing, math and basic computer skills.
Classroom training assistance
Classroom training is available to individuals who need to enhance their technical skills required in the workplace. Workforce Development, Inc. pre-approves and coordinates the training between the participant and education provider and offers financial assistance. Classroom tutoring and counseling are available.
Workforce Development, Inc. staff assists individuals in overcoming personal or environmental barriers that may restrict their employment opportunities. This help may be in the form of transportation, child care or work-required uniforms.
On-The-Job Training (OJT) is an effective way for participants to acquire new work skills while receiving a wage. Workforce Development, Inc. shares the cost of OJT by reimbursing a percentage of the starting wage (up to 90% depending on the company size) during the training period.
A thorough assessment of your work history and abilities will be completed in order to determine your most marketable job skills. We can even help you sharpen your skills in completing applications, writing your resume and interviewing.
Job search assistance
Job Search Workshops provide you with the tools you need to make a successful transition back to work. The workshops will cover: writing a resume, recognizing individual skills, interviewing for a job, finding jobs in demand and coping with unemployment. Resource areas, found in all of our locations, provide published job seeking information and computers to assist with job seeking activities.
Job identification and placement
With their extensive knowledge of local businesses, our staff will make every effort to assist you in finding employment that meets your needs, skills and potential. Recent placement tools include Minnesota’s Job Bank, an Internet-based resume and job posting system.