Workforce Development

CARF LOGOOur Workforce Development Division gives participants the skills to obtain and maintain employment- We put people to work! Through coaching, lead development, vocational training, interview and resume preparation, job seeking and other programs we help local residents develop, expand and reach their vocational goals. Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Ottawa Counties is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in three areas:  Employment Services, including Community Employment Services, Job Development, Job Support and Job Site Training; Employee Development Services; and Organizational Employment Services.

Work Hours

Normal business hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.  Staff is available to assist participants in any authorized services whenever necessary.

Employment Services 

Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs provide a broad range of employment services to eligible participants on a referral basis. Participants may enroll in one or more of the following:

  • Job Services and Retention
  • Vocational/ Day Habilitation
  • Work Assessments
  • Computer/ Clerical Training
  • Job Coaching
  • Career Exploration
  • Summer Youth Work Experiences

Workforce Development Program Eligibility

To enroll in Workforce Development programs, participants must meet eligibility criteria and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A referral from a sponsoring agency such as BVR, BSVI, BWC, DD, VA schools, DJFS, etc. is required.
  • A physical, emotional, or mental disability, special needs or vocational disadvantage.
  • Willingness to participate voluntarily.
  • Can articulate benefits derived from participation in services.
  • Minimum age is 14. If under 18, written consent from parent or guardian is required.
  • Meets additional admission criteria, if applicable, for specific training programs.
  • Must be alcohol and drug free at the time of service.
  • Ability to arrange transportation to and from the Goodwill facility.
  • Mobility through the use of prosthetic or assistive devices, and ability to meet personal needs including feeding and toileting.
  • Participation in Goodwill activities requires that a consumer’s behavior or disability will not create or contribute to unsafe conditions for the consumers or others.
  • Properly medicated and monitored by a physician for control of psychiatric disorders.
  • Written verification from a physician that any treatment for a chronic medical condition is stabilized and the condition can be maintained while the consumer is in a Goodwill program.
  • Ability to self-administer prescribed medication, as Goodwill staff cannot be responsible for administering medication.

Participants who meet eligibility criteria but who are not able to immediately enter a program due to space limitations are placed on a waiting list and informed in writing of the action and reason for it being taken. If an individual is declared ineligible for services, the individual and his or her counselor will receive a written statement of the reason(s) for the determination.