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JOBS FIRST EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (Formerly Welfare-to-Work) Contact Us!

The Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program provides employment services such as job search assistance and skills training and employment services to time-limited recipients of Temporary Family Assistance (TFA). To receive TFA in Connecticut, families need to apply for eligibility at a local DSS office or online. Once DSS determines a family is eligible for TFA, participants will be referred to the JFES program unless there are medical or other program exemptions determined by DSS. All TFA participants who are subject to time limits are required to participate in employment services.

Some JFES participants may qualify for further education and training such as on-the-job training, occupational skills training, adult basic education, GED preparation, and English for speakers of other languages.

 

JFES:  

Overview | Employment Services | Support Services

 

Resources:  

Benefits to Employers | Helpful Links | Reports

 

DEFINITIONS

2-Year Degree Program

Pursuit of a 2-Year Degree at an institution for higher learning.

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4-Year Degree Program

Pursuit of a 4-Year Degree at an institution for higher learning.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Education related to a specific occupation which requires basic skills in literacy and/or mathematics.

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Barrier Intervention Services

Participation with a Case Manager in the Barrier Intervention Service Program while the participant is otherwise not involved with a JFES employment activity.

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Community Service

Performing community service at a public or nonprofit organization that benefits the community.  

 

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Confidential Job Readiness

Job readiness activities that include life-skills training and substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, or rehabilitation activities. Such treatment or therapy must be determined to be necessary and documented by a qualified medical, substance abuse, or mental health professional.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Education related to English communication.

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General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

In the case of a participant who has not completed secondary school or received such a certificate, this means regular attendance, in accordance with the requirements of a secondary school or course of study, at a secondary school or in a course of study leading to a certificate of general equivalence.

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High School Completion - Teen Parent

Regular attendance in high school for qualifying participants.

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Job Development or Job Placement Services

Job search and job readiness assistance with a provider such as a Job Developer in order to directly serve, assess and enhance the skills of the participant seeking employment.

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Job Search and Job Readiness

The act of seeking or obtaining employment, or preparation to seek or obtain employment.

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Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment

Training or education for job skills required by an employer to provide an individual with the ability to obtain employment or to advance or adapt to the changing demands of the workplace.

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On the Job Training

Training in the public or private sector that is given to a paid employee while he or she is engaged in productive work, and that provides knowledge and skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.

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Sensitive Support Service

Activities required to assist the participant in achieving job readiness but are sensitive/confidential in nature such as DCF involvement or Domestic Violence Counseling Services.

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Subsidized Employment

The employer receives a subsidy from federal or other public funds to pay for some or all of the wages and costs of employing an individual. Subsidized employment provides workers with valuable job-readiness skills and professional experience that can be useful towards attaining unsubsidized employment.

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Unsubsidized Employment

Full- or part-time employment in the public or private sector that is not subsidized by TANF or any other public program.

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Vocational Education

Organized educational programs that are directly related to the preparation of individuals for employment in current or emerging occupations.

 

JFES:  

Overview | Employment Services | Support Services

 

Resources:  

Benefits to Employers | Helpful Links | Reports


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