Being unemployed for any period of time can be scary, stressful and tiring. All these feelings only increase the longer you are without work in your desired field. After a while, looking for a job may seem hopeless. The Employment Counselors in L.E.A.P’s Adult Employment program understand these struggles and they have solutions! As one of America’s Career Centers, our employment counselors are able to help adults facing many types of employment struggles. Dislocated workers are a specific group we serve through employment training and advocacy.
Who are Dislocated workers?
The term dislocated workers can refer to many different people. You may be a dislocated worker if you:
- Have been out of work for 26 weeks or more
- Exhausted your unemployment benefits
- Have given up looking for a job
- Have been terminated or laid-off due to lack of work and are not likely to find new employment at the same level or rate of pay
- Are the spouse of a military member who had to leave or lost a job due to a military relocation
- Are a self-employed individual who is not getting work.
- For example, you own a roofing company and ten other roofing companies have recently opened in your area causing you to lose work. (This does not apply to seasonal workers)
Does this sound like you or someone you know?
Does L.E.A.P. have additional requirements you need to meet?
Yes. As a non-profit agency we are primarily grant funded. This means that even though we would love to help everyone, we have to make sure that you are eligible based on the guidelines set out be the grant. The best way to find out if you meet these requirements is to meet with our employment counselor. Even if our dislocated workers program isn’t right for you, there may be other resources available to you.
Before you come in here are some things to think about:
- What kind of job do you want?
- What kind of training do you need to get the job?
- How much does the training cost?
- Generally, L.E.A.P. can provide you with up to $3000 towards your training; however every request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Always schedule an appointment to talk before deciding our services are right for you.
- How long is the training?
- For L.E.A.P. to help you must be able to complete the training within 2 years.
- Is your training provider on the list of eligible training providers through the Department of Labor?
Your training must be in a demand occupation and lead to employment with an employer. Simply put, we cannot fund training for someone who wants to be self-employed. To learn more about becoming self employed check out New York’s SEAP program.
To utilize any of L.E.A.P’s services you must be a resident of Washington County and provide proof of residence. For most people your driver’s license should cover this requirement. If you’re not a Washington County resident but you still think you might be a dislocated worker you can contact employment centers who can help you by going to The Job Link or reaching out to your local community action agency.
What should I bring with me?
To make sure you get the most out of your first appointment, you’ll need to bring a few documents with you.
- Birth Certificate with the seal (No photocopies)
- Current Driver’s License
- Your last 4 pay stubs
If you are receiving any support from the Department of Social Services, such as Temporary Assistance or SNAP, please bring a copy of the letter stating what those benefits are and for how much.
If you are a veteran you’ll need a copy of DD214 with a separation explanation.
If you are applying for driving training, such as a CDL class, please bring a recent copy of your Driver’s Abstract from the DMV.
What happens at your first appointment with our employment counselor?
First, you’ll have to take care of some paperwork. While you’re doing that, our employment counselor will make copies of all those documents you’ve provided for us. This intake process helps us determine whether or not you’re eligible for our services.
Then you’ll talk about your plans. What type of training do you want and why? What are you long-term goals? How does this training help you get there? Sometimes our counselor will realize that you have bigger goals than the training you’re asking for. For example, you may come in looking to take a CNA course when ideally you’d like to become a nurse. In cases like this our counselors help you find the best way to reach your ultimate goals.
Finally, we will decide on a plan! We want you to reach your career goals in the most effective way possible and attain self-sufficiency.
You’ll be able to check in regularly with your employment counselor throughout your training. In fact, we prefer if you did since L.E.A.P. as invested in your success as you are!