Understanding the Costs of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. WtW Program Profile: Philadelphia-TWC


WtW Operator/Program: Transitional Work Corporation (TWC), Phil@Work Program

Grant Administrator: Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC)

Provider Background:TWC was created in September 1998 to manage the Phil@Work program.

Target Population: Long-term welfare recipients with limited work experience and other severe barriers to employment

Statistics for the WtW Program Overall Vs. The Cost Analysis

  WtW Program Overall Cost Analysis Period
Period of Operations

12/1/98 to 11/31/01

1/1/00 to 12/31/00

Funding/Costs $30 million $7,639,236 (total estimated costs for 1 year)
Enrollments Goal: approximately 4,500 New: 1,691
Cumulative by end of period: 3,193
Unsubsidized Job Placements Goal: Not available New: 585
Cumulative by end of period: 1,017

Welfare-to-Work Program Services

Outreach and Recruitment:TWC received referrals from Greater Philadelphia Works, a PWDC program. In addition, TWC staff visited the County Assistance Offices (the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families offices) to recruit participants.

Job Readiness and Case Management: Participants received a two-week orientation and basic job readiness skills and interviewed for subsidized work experience positions. While participating in work experience, participants also attended TWCs career development training for 10 hours per week. Career development training covered job-related and general life skills, basic computer skills, and education refreshers. During orientation, case managers assessed and developed an individualized service plan for each participant. TWC career advisers provided participants with intensive case management services throughout their involvement in the program.

Paid Temporary Employment:Participants worked in a transitional work experience position for up to six months or until they were deemed job-ready. Participants worked at their transitional job positions for 25 hours each week under the supervision of a mentor. TWC provided small gifts to encourage retention and to reward good performance.

Job Development and Placement:TWC job developers identified transitional and unsubsidized job opportunities for participants. The job developers identified job opportunities by examining published job listings on the Internet and in newspapers and by cold-calling employers.

Postplacement Followup: TWC career advisers typically followed up with participants for six months after placement in unsubsidized employment. TWC paid participants retention bonuses of up to $800 $400 after one month of employment, $200 after three months of continuous employment, and $200 after six months of continuous employment.

Support Services: TWC participants received transportation assistance for their first six months of unsubsidized employment.

Other: None

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