Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Adult Program

The Adult Program serves people who are 18 years and older, are legally entitled to work in the United States and have met selective service registration requirements.

The purpose of the Adult Program is to increase the employment retention, earnings and occupational skills of participants. This program aims to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation's economy. There is a priority for eligible low income and welfare recipients and for certain veterans or veteran spouses to receive specific services. The program provides a range of self-service and staff assisted services for adults seeking employment. Services can range from skill assessment, labor market information, consumer reports on training programs and job search and placement assistance, to more intensive services for eligible adults who experience more difficulty in obtaining jobs. Employers are also offered assistance in accessing a qualified labor pool and other employment related services.

Dislocated Worker Program

The Dislocated Worker Program is intended for workers who lost jobs due to plant closures, company downsizing or some other significant change in market conditions. In most cases, it must be unlikely that these dislocated workers will return to their previous employment and they must be eligible for (or have exhausted) unemployment compensation. Other conditions can lead to eligibility, such as being self-employed (but not working as a result of general economic conditions) or being a displaced homemaker.

The program tailors employment and training services to meet dislocated workers' needs; works with workers and firms facing substantial layoffs; and encourages labor, management and community partnerships with government to address worker dislocation.

Dislocated workers are eligible for services such as skill assessment, labor market information, job search and job placement assistance. Additional services are available for eligible dislocated workers who need additional help getting a job. The sequence of services is individualized and may include more intensive assessments, counseling and prevocational and vocational training.