- Department of Labor:
The Delaware Department of Labor connects people to jobs, resources, monetary benefits, workplace protections and labor market information to promote financial independence, workplace justice and a strong economy. Several divisions of the Department of Labor provide vital resources for employable homeless adults trying to re-enter the workforce. They are:
- The Division of Employment and Training
- The Division of Unemployment Insurance
- The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Administrative offices of the Department of Labor are located at 4425 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19802
The Division of Employment and Training:
The mission of the Division of Employment & Training (DET) is to provide services enabling employers and job seekers to make informed employment and training choices leading to employment. This division offers a wide variety of One-Stop integrated employment and training services including:
- Occupational Skills Training Programs
- Pre-employment Services
- Job Seeker Services
- User Friendly Resource Rooms
- Veterans Service Assistance
- Migrant & Seasonal Farm Worker Program
- Foreign Labor Certification Program
- Labor Market Information
- Individual Case Management
The Division of Unemployment Insurance:
The Department of Labor Website contains useful information for new claimants including a useful handbook. Unemployment Insurance Information Hotline is (302) 761-6576.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation:
Their mission is to provide opportunities and resources to eligible individuals with disabilities, leading to success in employment and independent living. Go to their Website for a referral form. Their direct number is (302) 761- 8275.
Delaware Job Link:
If you have previously received services from the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training, they have created a Delaware JobLink account for you and linked the account to your records. In order to obtain the Username and Password for your account, please contact your nearest One-Stop Center: Wilmington – (302) 761-8085 Newark – (302) 368-6622.
A Delaware JobLink Job Seeker account provides the ability to:
- Conduct a Job Search
- Build an Online Resume
- Register with a One-Stop Center
- Receive Email Notification of New Job Openings
- Job Readiness and Training Programs:
Workforce Training Department:
The Workforce Training Department (WFTD) is a unit of Corporate and Community programs providing job skills training for unemployed and underemployed residents. Programs supported by state and federal funds focus on occupational skills, career exploration programs and short-term training. Assistance with continued education and job placement is provided.
Program offerings depend on grants and may change based on the grant stipulations. The Delaware Department of Labor funds occupational skills training programs for low-income adults, displaced workers and other residents of Delaware in need of training. All state residents are eligible. There is no charge for these programs. Programs include Medical Records Technician, Computerized Office Technician, Automated Accounting, and Medical Office/Coding and Certified Nurses’ Assistant. These programs are available through Del Tech (Stanton Campus).
There is a mandatory work requirement following training, and job placement assistance is included. Employment Connections Delaware’s A Better Chance (DABC) Welfare Reform Program provides educational programs and job placement assistance to help welfare recipients move into self-sufficiency and financial independence.
Goodwill Industries of Delaware offers a number of employment training programs in the following areas:
- Computerized Office Skills
- Customer Service Skills
- Industrial Cleaning Skills
- ShopRite Cashiers Training
Before placement in a training program, applicants meet for two weeks with a Goodwill instructor who assesses their skills and abilities. During this period, the instructor will determine whether the students should enter the job training program or begin a job search with Goodwill’s assistance.
Ministry of Caring Job Placement Center:
The Job Placement Center helps disadvantaged and/or chronically homeless men and women, including the unskilled, to develop employment skills and obtain work. Individuals committed to learning and to maintaining employment in a specific field may enroll in one of the training programs operated by the Job Placement Center, when available. These programs help registrants prepare for work as child care workers, chef’s assistants, certified nursing assistants, maintenance personnel or housekeepers.
The Job Placement Center strives to help individuals develop life skills for employment. To this end, staff focuses on providing assistance in job searches, resume building, completion of employment applications and follow-up. Ongoing case management services also enable the Job Placement Center to help clients retain jobs.
Friendship House Job Readiness Program:
The Job Readiness Programs provides employable homeless clients of Friendship House with training and resources necessary to acquire and maintain employment. To participate, clients must:
- Complete a Friendship House Intake
- Not be wanted by the police
Program services include:
- Assistance with acquiring work-mandated ID and certification
- Access to online computer lab monitored by volunteer mentors
- Assistance with online email accounts, resumes, job searches & applications
- Volunteer job coaches
- Individual case management
- Transportation assistance to job interviews
- Assistance with work clothing and work-mandated equipment
To apply, speak to a Friendship House staff person at any of its three Empowerment Day Centers.
Wilmington Senior Center Employment Services:
Its Senior Employment Services professionals connect employable residents of New Castle County, DE that are over 50 years of age with local employers. After a basic skills assessment, a caseworker will try to match each client’s interests and capabilities to the needs of a New Castle County employer. The qualifications they’re looking for range from the basic to the highly specialized. Part-time and full-time work schedules, as well as job sharing, may be available.
The Wilmington Senior Center also administers the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offering job referral and placement services. SCSEP provides subsidized, part-time employment training opportunities. Persons enrolled in SCSEP are assigned to non-profit community service and government agencies to gain practical work experience prior to entering the mainstream labor force. Participants work 20 hours per week at minimum wage.
To learn more, contact the Wilmington Senior Center at (302) 651-3440
Job Center @ Delaware Libraries:
The Job Center @ Delaware Libraries is a free service for Delaware’s job seekers and career changers. It brings wireless technology to our public libraries and offers training, career counseling, and resources to Delawareans find jobs and enhance their skills. They will help equip you with the technology and skills needed to compete in today’s job market, and help you plan your career, focus your job search, apply for jobs online, create a resume and cover letter and prepare for interviews.
Email DelawareJobCenter@lib.de.us for more information.
Wilmington Job Corps:
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. Wilmington Job Corps Center is overseen by the Philadelphia Regional Office of Job Corps and is operated by Management and Training Corporation. The Job Corps offers residential career training programs in a variety of fields.
In addition to career training, Wilmington Job Corps also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace. It also has several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential. Students who don’t already have a high school diploma can enroll in the Job Corps GED program or the online high school diploma program.
Wilmington Job Corps Center:
9 Vandever Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19802
Phone: (302) 575-1710 Fax: (302) 575-1713
(Last updated 9/5/2014)