Programs

Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Goodwill’s workforce development programs benefit people who are looking for and want to maintain a job. Goodwill’s services include training in job seeking skills, job placement, referral services, vocational counseling, follow-up, and exit consultation. Help with academic skills is also available in Louisville through Goodwill’s Alice H. James Adult Learning Center.

Goodwill designs employment plans to suit individuals and their needs. Programs include:

Admission Criteria

The participant:

  • Must be at least sixteen (16) years old
  • Must not be dangerous to self or others
  • Must have a vocational disadvantage
  • Must be able to care for personal needs or provide own assistant
  • Must be willing to participate voluntarily
  • Must have a desire to obtain employment

Types of disadvantages:

  • Limited work history
  • Socioeconomic challenges
  • Substance abuse
  • Public offenders
  • Work-related injuries
  • School drop-outs

Types of disabilities:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Learning
  • Developmental


Vocational Evaluation

Goodwill’s vocational evaluation helps individuals identify vocational strengths and weaknesses through test materials and/or hands-on work.

A trained vocational evaluator aids individuals in developing an assessment plan. The plan is based on interviews, vocational tests, review of past jobs, simulated work activities, and medical or psychological reports.

The data is then used by the evaluator, individual, and referral source to identify appropriate career options. The evaluator recommends courses of action to help individuals achieve their vocational goals.

Since Goodwill has a mobile evaluation team, vocational assessments can be arranged at various locations within Goodwill’s service area.

For more information, contact Goodwill’s workforce development offices:

909 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 585-5221

130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 231-8394

5828 S. Hwy. 27
Somerset, KY 42501
(877) 367-0666

Back to top


Community Employment

Goodwill’s community employment program is designed to help people achieve their goals through employment within the community or at one of Goodwill’s donation and retail centers.

A Goodwill community employment specialist and the participant meet one-on-one to create a personal career development plan, which is monitored through regular meetings. At the meetings, the participant and the employment specialist discuss ways the participant can improve on the job as well as issues or behaviors that could affect work performance and goals. If needed, on-the-job coaching and counseling can be provided at the job site for additional support.

For more information, contact Goodwill’s workforce development offices:

909 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 585-5221

130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 231-8394

611 W. Poplar, Suite C-4-B
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 735-1202 or (270) 735-1205

5828 S. Hwy. 27
Somerset, KY 42501
(877) 367-0666

Back to top


Employment Services

Goodwill’s employment services program is designed to help individuals develop work behaviors needed to obtain and successfully keep their job. The program offers opportunities for personal and social development and on-the-job experience while the participant earns a paycheck. A job site in the community provides the work experience.

The participant receives one-on-one assistance from a Goodwill employment specialist including job search assistance, short-term job coaching and support, suggestions for job modifications, and progress monitoring. Participant goals are based on identifying skills needed to maintain employment in his/her current position.

For more information, contact Goodwill’s workforce development offices:

909 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 585-5221

130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 231-8394

5828 S. Hwy. 27
Somerset, KY 42501
(877) 367-0666

Back to top