The grant will enable the program to reach more women who are unemployed or underemployed, from 1,342 women to a projected 12,250 participants in forty-nine communities. As part of the program, participants receive a complete career assessment, including job training, placement, and family financial support services. After they are placed in jobs, they receive support to help retain them, as well as to further their education and advance in careers within their chosen industries.
The grant comes in the wake of a report from the U.S. Department of Labor that found only 26 percent of the women who lost their jobs during the recession have regained them. Moreover, in 2011 more than one in four women was still looking for work after more than a year of job hunting.
"Beyond Jobs is designed not just to place women in jobs, but to provide them with the opportunity to earn credentials, enhance their careers in the emerging competitive labor market, and support themselves and their families in the long-term," said Goodwill president and CEO Jim Gibbons. "By assisting women in need, Goodwill further fulfills its mission of serving a diverse group of people with low incomes and financial challenges."