What is Transitional Employment?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 25 July, 2022

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.

What is Transitional Employment

Transitional Employment meaning and definition

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.

Which people can benefit from Transitional Employment?

  1. People who are out of work for an extended period due to injury, illness, or disability

  2. Part-time employees seeking full-time employment

  3. People who were formerly incarcerated

  4. People who are underpaid in their current jobs compared to previous employment

What is a transitional employment claim?

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:

  1. Enrollment in the WIOA adult or dislocated worker program

  2. Completion of an IEP (Individual Employment Plan) from the WIOA

  3. Possession of medical documentation if your work restriction/unemployment is due to medical reasons

Benefits of Transitional Employment

  1. It helps job seekers build experience and skills

  2. It provides otherwise unemployed job seekers with meaningful employment

  3. It's an avenue for employers to build their workforce

  4. It helps companies play an active role in the return-to-work process of injured employees

When does the transition period end?

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.

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.