- Approval Criteria
The Vocational Training activity is for clients who will benefit from short-term training to obtain unsubsidized employment.
The required hours of participation in Vocational Training as a single activity are 80 hours per month. Study time does not count toward hours of participation.
As part of an Earnfare assignment, a client may be in Vocational Training for less than 80 hours per month, as long as the total combination of hours (Earnfare and Vocational Training or Basic Education) equals the required 80 hours per month.
This activity offers special time-limited services for clients who:
- can benefit from short-term vocational training (e.g., a person with the interest and ability to complete the training program and be hired in a position for which the person has trained); or
- are readily employable with the addition of short-term training (i.e., a training program for specific job openings which are available).
- Entry Into the Activity
Clients may be assigned to this activity as part of their Employability Plan (EP).
- Activity Requirements
- The client must have satisfactory attendance and progress as defined by the training provider.
- Missing 3 days of classes in a 30-day period without good cause results in a sanction.
- The client must provide written proof each month of attendance and progress.
- Contact With Clients
Contact the client monthly. Client contact consists of attendance reports, progress reports, group or individual sessions, telephone calls, on-site program visits, and written correspondence.
Consider the need for supportive service payments for mandatory school fees, books and supplies, transportation, and pre-training physical examinations.
If benefits are being received, determine the continued need for supportive services.
- Payments for Supportive Services
Approve payment for training expenses at the most reasonable charge and only for the amount specified in an approved plan. The training expenses for which payment may be provided are:
- Mandatory Fees
Mandatory fees include application, registration, activities, lab, and/or graduation fees. Pay mandatory fees up to a maximum of $300 in a 12-month period. Do not pay tuition.
- Books and Supplies
This includes required books, supplies, and equipment. These items must be purchased according to the facility's published list of items required for the particular course in which the client is enrolled. Allow a maximum of up to $300 per 12-month
Provide payment for transportation expenses. Proof of attendance in a training program is required. Transportation may be paid when the client needs to take a state certification test.
Pay for transportation at the most reasonable cost. If the client's own vehicle is the most economical means of transportation, approve the rate of 15¢ per mile. The amount approved includes all vehicle-related expenses. Do not make an additional
payment for vehicle expenses.
Lodging may be paid for in select instances. Send a memo to the central office of the Bureau of SNAP Employment and Training requesting approval.
- Student Aid Benefits
Consider other vocational training assistance programs available to meet the client's expenses for training. Provide information concerning student aid to clients. Clients are required to apply for any grants identified by the training facilities for
which they may be eligible.
Only if student aid is not sufficient to meet the client's allowable education expenses for the academic term can it be supplemented by DHS. If the expected aid amount exceeds any education expenses, do not approve a supplement. When available student
aid is not used to pay allowable education expenses (tuition and fees), it is considered available to meet other educational needs.
- No Slots Available
The client is required to take part in another component while waiting for a Vocational Training slot to open.