Roca’s has integrated formal Workforce Readiness Criteria (WRC) that must be met for all participants that complete our educational, pre-vocational, and employment programming. Roca has trained staff members dedicated specifically to ensuring that participants meet specific goals within the four major WRC headings: Basic Needs; Workforce Readiness Workshops; Workforce Behaviors & Demonstrated Skill Assessments; and, Concrete Benchmarks. WRC are clearly defined and ensure that participants are both prepared and competitive when they enter employment and educational opportunities outside of Roca. Together, these programs and the transformational relationship provided by the youth worker are a potent combination in bringing about positive behavior and outlook change with the skills necessary to re-engage in the workforce and be economically self-sufficient. An outline of the requirements for work readiness are included as an attachment to this document.
Onsite and off-site, one-on-one and small group Workforce Readiness Programming ensures that participants are fully equipped with the paperwork (ID, resume, childcare vouchers, etc.), knowledge of workplace behavior, and interview/communication skills necessary to find and retain employment. Eight workforce readiness workshops in Basic Financial Literacy, Conflict Management, What to Know About Your CORI, Customer Service, Job Applications, Mock Interviews, Sexual Harassment, and Workforce Communication must each be completed twice, along with a Workforce Readiness Skill Assessment, prior to job search activities or placement.
In addition, a key component of Roca's workforce readiness work described above is the delivery of our life skills curriculum and cognitive behavioral therapy. These delivery of these services provides young people with the concrete skills they need to be able to successfully engage in employment. This is particularly true for this group of young people who often face extreme levels of emotional dysregulation, often resulting inlong term unemployment and job loss.
Finally, young people with work with Youth Workers and CORI counselors to work to better understand and manage the impact of their criminal history and other key barriers to employment.