Pre-Employment and Training Services

Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)
Goodwill is a Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) provider. The Basic Food Employment and Training program provides training and education with a goal of assisting Basic Food (SNAP) clients to attain a living wage career. Basic Food Employment and Training is an important part of the state’s comprehensive workforce development system, serving the needs of low income individuals, displaced workers, and employers by encouraging financial independence from public assistance through skill acquisition, personal responsibility, and gainful employment. Available in Spokane.

Career readiness training
Individuals with disabilities or disadvantages learn how to prepare for work. Training includes developing résumés and cover letters, developing interviewing skills, and filling out job applications. Participants may receive assistance in obtaining a driver’s license or food worker card. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, East Wenatchee, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Community-based assessment and training
Participants are placed at work sites out in the community. Goodwill staff help them learn their job duties, monitor their progress, and incorporate their evaluations into employment planning. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Credentials to Careers (C2C)
Goodwill’s Credentials to Careers Program is designed to meet employer demand by growing the skills of our current and future workforce. Credentials to Careers assists individuals entering or re-entering post-secondary educational facilities for job training. Participants complete the Community College 101 (CC101) class and receive individual support navigating their credentialing and career options. Community College 101 is designed to assist low-income adult learners with minimal exposure to the college experience. A variety of non-academic, college readiness topics, career mapping, and life preparation activities are presented within a college classroom-adapted atmosphere. The goal is for participants to complete training for a high demand occupation, earning an industry-recognized certification or degree that will lead to a family supporting job. Available in Spokane.

Facility-based assessment and training
Participants are placed at Goodwill retail facilities. On-site assessment and training helps Goodwill staff evaluate an individual’s readiness to work and ability to perform tasks in one or more specific jobs. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, Colville, East Wenatchee, Post Falls,
Coeur d’Alene, 
Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Skills training (classroom)
Varying by location, Goodwill offers classroom-based skills training programs to prepare participants for specific occupations:

  • Computer applications
  • Customer service
  • Retail professionalism

Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, and Coeur d’Alene.

“Soft skills” training
Participants learn how to set goals, develop a résumé, prepare for job interviews, select appropriate work attire, and manage personal issues such as child care, transportation, and stress. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Transitional Jobs
Transitional Jobs is a job-training program for individuals over the age of 18 who have barriers to employment. The program offers short term on-the-job training supplemented with life skills, case management, and support services. Transitional Jobs helps program participants find and retain employment in the community. This program has limited openings available. Currently available in Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Work adjustment/hardening
Sometimes individuals with disabilities participate in work adjustment to prepare for entering the workforce. An example of work hardening would be a person with an injury performing tasks while staff monitor his or her ability and evaluate any limitations. Available in Spokane,
Moses Lake, Colville, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and
Lewiston.

Work experience/school transition
Young people with disabilities may be able to participate in job experiences that will help them make the transition from school to work. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, Post Falls,
Coeur d'Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Training and assesment programs help participants gain skills to enhance their employment options

Career Resource Center in Spokane