Pre-employment Services

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, 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, Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay, Moscow, and Lewiston.

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, 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 professional

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, 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, 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, and Lewiston.

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

Career Resource Center in Spokane