Who uses local workforce system programs and services?

People with Personal Challenges to Work

Who are they? People with personal challenges to work have circumstances that make it difficult to complete training or find and retain a job. People experiencing such challenges can benefit from supportive services or specialized employment and training programs. People experiencing personal challenges to work may face the following:

  • difficulty accessing affordable and safe child care
  • severe economic hardship
  • housing insecurity or homelessness
  • mental health or substance abuse issues
  • past involvement with the criminal justice system
  • physical disabilities
  • cultural or language barriers

How do they use local workforce systems? Organizations in local workforce systems, such as community-based organizations, community and technical colleges, and public social services agencies, provide employment and training programs and supportive services for people with personal challenges to work.

Federally-funded workforce programs that support people with personal barriers to work include Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work, both of which target people with physical or mental impairment.