For over 75 years, Goodwill of Greater Washington has provided vocational services and employment to individuals with disabilities and disadvantage. Our growth is focused on building the employment outcomes of individuals. Learn more about the services we offer.
For most people, understanding their skills, abilities and interests is the first step to finding employment. Clients work with GGW's workforce development staff to determine students' career training and employment options using a combination of proven methods and current technology to measure the person's education level, work stamina and motor skills. Furthermore, evaluations are conducted to benchmark clients' success as well as to provide a quality and assurance tool for services that they receive.
Clients entering our programs work with workforce development professionals to identify their experiences, aspirations, and develop an individual career plan designed to enhance personal and professional growth. Career skills training, also known as job readiness, help clients understand workplace etiquette and employer expectations. Clients also learn how to conduct an effective job search and develop the skills required in their respective career fields.
GGW works closely with local employers to develop in-depth programs that prepare people for jobs in specific industries such as banking, building maintenance and environmental services, retail and construction. In addition to formal classroom training, GGW often prepares clients for permanent jobs through a combination of supported, temporary or transitional employment at a Goodwill facility or in the community.
When individuals are ready to apply for jobs, GGW provides resources to help them conduct job searches, write resumes, and practice their interviewing skills. After clients find employment, workforce development specialists regularly consult with them to assess their progress and determine the need for additional services. In some cases, GGW may provide intensive services such as on-site job coaching to help them adjust to their new work environment.