Iowa Workforce Development
or “Promoting Independence and Self-Sufficiency through Employment,” is Iowa’s
welfare reform program. Designed to assist Family Investment Program (FIP)
recipients to become self-sufficient, PROMISE JOBS is a participation
requirement for most FIP recipients. Participants develop an
individualized Family Investment Agreement (FIA) that outlines what steps they
will take to leave public assistance. Persons who fail to participate or
comply with their FIA are considered to have chosen a Limited Benefit Plan
(LBP), and lose their FIP benefits.
A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:
The 6 Steps
to a Successful Career Transition – A 6 Step workshop program that covers how to: Maintain a Positive
Attitude, Develop a Career Plan, Research Industry Trends, Create a Great
Resume, Conduct Job Search and how to Interview and Negotiate.
A-Game – A workshop that information on
improving your personal/soft skills for employment. Topics include
Appearance, Accountability, Attendance, Ambition, Attitude, Acceptance and
– Prepare a
realistic monthly budget while discussing plans to pay down debt quickly.
Workin’ it Out (Conflict Resolution)
how to handle conflict and confrontation. Class provides knowledge on
handling conflict in the workplace and how to work effectively with
different types of people.
On-the-Job Training – Full time,
paid employment for persons lacking work skills, with out-of-date skills, or
demonstrated problems finding employment.
– Full-time or
part-time unsubsidized employment.
Basic Education – Includes
assistance with high school completion, HiSET, adult basic education, and
Post-Secondary Classroom Training – Includes
assistance with academic and vocational training, which prepares
participants for a specific area of employment. Assistance is
dependent on abilities and aptitudes, available funding, and other
requirements. There is currently a 24-month funding limit on all
approved post-secondary education.
Parenting Skills – Training
that helps participants become a better parent.
Family Development Services – Help
overcoming significant family barriers.
Family Planning Services – An option
for everyone referred to PROMISE JOBS. Participants can find out how
additional children can affect a family’s finances.
Entrepreneurial Training – Training for
participants interested in self-employment.
assistance for transportation and childcare is available for PROMISE JOBS
participants, depending on the activity. Limited funding for car repairs,
work clothing, and other approvable costs is also available through the
FSSG (Federal Self-Sufficiency Grant) to help participants who are job ready
or already employed.
information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation requirements, contact
the Region 11
PROMISE JOBS Coordinator, or your county Department of Human Services office.
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