Building the Workforce: The Implementation of a Statewide Transitional Jobs Program in NY

Mar 22, 2011
  • Description

The successful implementation of a 2-year, $25 million Transitional Jobs (TJ) program that employed close to 3,000 participants across New York State lends itself to a call for ongoing funding of this program in Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) and beyond. Transitional jobs are time limited, publicly subsidized jobs that combine real work, skill development, and supportive services to aid welfare recipients in their path to unsubsidized employment. Workers in such programs earn wages, like other workers, and often have access to additional supportive services, job mentors, job search assistance, concrete education, training, and job retention services. The goal of this research project was primarily to gain insight into the successes and challenges of a county's TJ Program as perceived by the individual(s) running the program.