If a person is out of employment for a long time, it can be challenging to find their way back. Some of the problems they may face are a lack of current skills and an inability to fit into workplace cultures. The concept of transitional employment makes such a return easier.
Transitional employment is temporary employment granted to job-seekers to help them build up their skills and prepare for permanent employment. Thus, this form of employment usually involves lesser duties and roles in an organization's operation, with increasing responsibility with time. The strategy is popularly employed for unemployed or underemployed people. Such employment schemes may serve as precursors to a full-time job, but that depends on the performance of the employees. However, the company's decision to hire is the most significant factor.
People who are out of work for an extended period due to injury, illness, or disability
Part-time employees seeking full-time employment
People who were formerly incarcerated
People who are underpaid in their current jobs compared to previous employment
Transitional employment programs are backed by the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). This legislation allows local boards to provide transitional employment, but some requirements must be met beforehand. Furthermore, these requirements may vary based on the state, county, region, or organization you find yourself in. So, make inquiries before proceeding. With that in mind, some of the general requirements you need to meet are:
Enrollment in the WIOA adult or dislocated worker program
Completion of an IEP (Individual Employment Plan) from the WIOA
Possession of medical documentation if your work restriction/unemployment is due to medical reasons
It helps job seekers build experience and skills
It provides otherwise unemployed job seekers with meaningful employment
It's an avenue for employers to build their workforce
It helps companies play an active role in the return-to-work process of injured employees
Transitional employment could go on for months (usually 3 – 12 months). Still, the actual time could depend on the effectiveness of the employees, company decision, or duration of employee medical restrictions (if any exist). The temporary job assigned to the transitional employee also matters, and these jobs vary by industry.