Workwise provides job readiness and job search assistance to individuals referred from County Assistance Offices (CAO) in Philadelphia. The title "Workwise" was chosen because of its ambitious goal of preparing individuals for the world of work. MOCS also designed Workwise to address the concerns of local and regional employers. Program customers are on public assistance and must seek job training due to federal and state welfare mandates.
Workwise provides four weeks of job search assistance. The job readiness classes prepare customers for the world of work by aptitude and skill assessment, development of resumes, completion of sample applications, and a review of the job market. Throughout the program, case managrs assist the participants in addressing employment barriers. They include identifying suitable licensed childcare operations, accessing childcare and transportation allowances from CAO, and implementing intensive case management support as needed. Workwise also has a child drop-in center. Children participate in activities relevant to their age level, while parents attend classes.
The program has employment specialists surveying Philadelphia and the region for employment opportunities. Many opportunities obtained by the customers are part-time or entry level positions.
Retention Specialists work with customers after they have received employment. The Retention Specialist, customer, and employer determine strategies to assure job retention. Typically, the customer's Case Manager will assist in the retention effort by accessing services provided by the CAO and related sources. The Retention Specialist works with the customer contractually for 90 days, however, the program extends support services for as long as customers need assistance.
Tax incentives and credits are available to employers that hire participants who have completed Workwise Training.
For more information about Workwise, please call (215)685-2980.
1231 N. Broad Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122