Goodwill offers training to individuals to prepare them for competitive employment. Training is typically conducted over a twenty-day period (but can be longer if necessary). Skills include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Time management
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Job retention skills
  • Learning positive work habits
  • Improving and increasing productivity
  • Displaying ability to work under supervision

In addition to the overall goal of the program, participants gain specific job skills by training in a particular work area. Current areas available for PWAT include:

  • Retail areas including donation processing, maintaining store appearance, and assisting shoppers.
  • Warehouse activities including materials sorting, computer recycling, assisting customers, and (if over the age of 18) learning to operate a pallet jack.
  • E-commerce areas including shipping/receiving and processing. Goodwill’s PWAT opportunities are community-based and take place at a Goodwill facility. Training is available Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm (with some flexibility).

Additional Benefits:

  • PWAT is a paid training program

  • Case management to monitor and support client progress

  • Individualized attention to address the specific vocational needs of each client

  • Integrated work environment

  • Participants gain specific job skills and overall workplace skills needed to successfully enter the competitive work force

  • Program can be viewed as recent work experience for individuals with little to no work history or gaps in employment

Eligibility:

Training is open to individuals ages 18 and over. Individuals are referred privately or by an overseeing funding agency such as the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) or other local educator or service provider. Rates are $62.50 per day.

To learn more, contact:

George Edwards, Program Manager Employment Services

Phone: 412-728-5415

Email: george.edwards@goodwillswpa.org

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