Targeted Job Seeker Initiatives
The GLWDB Career Center of Lowell (CCL) is committed to providing Priority of Service. Veterans can find the employment services they need by working with our Veterans’ Representatives to find jobs, acquire skills and education, plan their career, attend workshops, and take advantage of our other resources. The Career Center carries out its Priority of Service commitment to Veterans by providing the following services:
- Job Search
- Resume Writing
- Job Placement
- Interviewing Skills
- Career Counseling
- Labor Market Information
- First Chance at Job Vacancy Listings
- Electronic Job Banks/Computer Access
Individuals with Disabilities
The Greater Lowell WDB and CCL are partners on the state-wide Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) funded by the Department of Labor. The goal of the DEI is to improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Ticket to Work
Social Security’s Ticket to Work (TTW) program is an employment support program created by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. SSI/SSDI beneficiaries receive “tickets” they can use to participate in employment services programs.
The DEI provided the opportunity for the CCL to streamline our process for an individual with a disability to quickly and effectively access services. An individual can follow this five-step process to success: 1) Bring your ticket to Career Center of Lowell >> 2) Schedule a meeting with the Disability Resource Coordinator >> 3) Determine your employment goals and complete your individual work plan (IWP) >> 4) Begin taking steps toward your goals >> 5) Find, maintain and retain employment
The following services are available for individuals with disabilities:
- Individual Career Counseling
- Adaptive Equipment
- Skills Assessment
- Referrals for Needed Services
- Support Services
- Job Placement Assistance
- Benefits Counseling
- Supported Employment
- Occupational Skills Training (if required)
1st S.T.E.P (Sustainable & Transitional Employment Program) Initiative
The goal of the 1st S.T.E.P Initiative is to help stabilize targeted job seeker’s lives with employment and other appropriate support services. The target population for this program is individuals with significant barriers to employment (i.e. homeless living in shelters, long-term recipients, clients with disabilities, limited English proficiency, little to no work history, limited basic education and/or vocational skills, etc.).
CCL Job Seekers are enrolled in comprehensive case managed employment support services including development of an Individual Career Action Plan, one-on-one and group classroom instruction, and job placement. Job Seekers also have the opportunity for advanced occupational training, if necessary. Job Seekers learn basic on-the-job etiquette such as how-to-dress, punctuality, working with others, etc. as well as a combination of innovative job search/job readiness workshops that prepare them for employment. Workshops include:
- Resume Writing
- Dress for Success
- Cover Letter creation
- Internet Job Search
- Interview Techniques
- On-Line Job Applications
- Labor Market Research
- Networking Skills
Job Seekers must meet specific criteria before they are deemed fully prepared for employment. In addition, a component of the program design provides the following services for our employer partners:
- Comprehensive pre-screening process for all potential candidates
- Employee Support Services: if an employer needs assistance with a participant hired from this program, CCL career Advisors provide assistance in solving any issues
- Job retention follow up: CCL Career Advisors follow up with any participants who are hired, to ensure they have the support to retain their position and be successful as well.
The Career Center of Lowell creates an environment of trust and respect for participants to allow for maximum personal growth. The 1st S.T.E.P Career Advisors will work very closely with participants to create a structured routine-based setting building self confidence but holding them accountable as well. The CCL partners with the Department of Transitional Assistance and Community Teamwork Inc. for referrals.