Looking for work can be a challenge in the best of situations. While many jobseekers need only to seek training and/or education to improve their likelihood of employment, others must overcome multiple and significant barriers to employment, such as homelessness or a criminal record. These individuals are considered the most difficult to employ and require comprehensive services to find and keep employment.
Transitional Employment Programs (TEPs), offer one approach to serving job seekers with multiple or significant barriers to employment. TEPs provide paid-work opportunities for job seekers needing more intensive services than typical workforce development services, such as job search and job development assistance or short-term training programs. This issue brief presents an overview of the goals, target population, and main program components of Transitional Employment Programs (TEPs).
This brief will help to build an understanding of the variation in these programs, as well as the existing evidence that support specific program practices. This will serve as an important first step to improving the delivery of services by identifying areas for subsequent research.