Jobs First Employment Services
Important Notice for Jobs First Participants in South Central CT
As of 1/2/2018 Hamden Career Advisors will be moving to the New Haven Office.
The office address is:
American Job Center- New Haven office
560 Ella Grasso Blvd., Bldg. # 3
New Haven, CT 06519
If you are currently attending a Job Club or Career Edge those workshops will continue in Hamden with Cherida E. who can be reached at (203) 624-1493 ext. 284 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have general questions concerning the move, please contact Stephanie Jones at 203-624-1493 ext. 279 or email@example.com.
Prepare for, Find and Keep a Job
Become independent from cash assistance
The Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program serves residents of South Central CT who are recipients of Temporary Family Assistance,
Connecticut's cash assistance program for low-income families using Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding.
Every year, about 3,000 participants are referred to the American Job Centers in New Haven, Meriden and Middletown for job counseling,
individual and classroom training, and work experience.
- Utilize employment to achieve independence from cash assistance by the end of the 21-month time limit.
- Support workers to remain employed and independent from cash assistance.
- Provide basic skills, job coaching, occupational skills and work experience
- Transportation Assistance
- Access to Child Care Assistance
Work Search Activities
Jobs First participants are assigned work search activities until they are able to obtain employment. Whenever possible, Jobs First combines work
activities with education and/or training to increase potential earnings and to become self-sufficient.
Work Experience (Subsidized Employment)
Jobs First matches candidates with little or no work history with employers willing to provide valuable work experience -- all while earning wages.
Through this unique program, Jobs First participants receive a paycheck via the American Job Center and are placed at work sites for up to 20
hours a week. Employer components:
- Meet and interview candidates
- Provide 12 weeks of paid on-the-job training
- Complete employee performance evaluations
- Hire well-performing candidates into permanent employment after training
Contact Cathy Geremia at (203) 624-1493 x 285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocational Education/Occupational Skills Training
Individuals who need vocational or occupational skills training to get a job and leave cash assistance may receive tuition assistance to attend a
program on Connecticut's Eligible Training Program List.
Following training and work search activities, Jobs First participants work with specialists and participate in job clubs to facilitate finding and keeping
subsidized, permanent employment.