Frequently Asked Questions
Most people between the ages of 18 and 59 who are receiving Food Assistance and are able to work are referred to Employment First.
Participants are gaining job search skills, workplace experience and current work references amongst other resources to become more effective in their job search.
Colorado Employment First receives its funding from USDA Federal allocations. If these funds are not fully used in other states, Colorado can request the unspent funds.
You must apply for Food Assistance to be referred to Employment First. If you believe the Employment First program would be beneficial to you but you are not eligible for Food Assistance, there are other options for you such as the Workforce Centers.
The success rate depends on how motivated the individual is. Roughly 70% of Employment First participants are employed within six months.
Does the person qualify for Food Assistance? They can find out here. This is the simplest way to get enrolled in the program.
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Our participants have a wide range of skills and experiences. Some have graduate degrees while others have experience from the kitchen to the construction site.
Employment First is focused on areas that have a healthy economy and a county government that wants the program.
A mandatory participant must be part of Employment First for as long as they are receiving Food Assistance and are able to work.
Employment First is Colorado’s SNAP E&T program. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps. Every state must have an E&T or Employment and Training Program. However, each state can decide how big the program will be in their state. The program goes by different names in other states.