SPOONER– FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) can help particpants find a job and/or career that is right for them. FSET is a free and volunteer program that helps FoodShare members build their job skills and find employment. 

“The FSET program is a great leaning opportunity for anyone looking for a job,” said particpant Brenda Gagner. “Laura [Sullivan, FSET work readiness specialist] in Spooner is nice, helpful, and easy to work with. You can earn certificates to be able to add to your resume. They can help with resumes, job applications, and interview skills.

“You can take what you learn with you to become successful in the workforce and in personal life. I would highly encourage anyone to take advantage of this opportunity,” she said.

FSET’s services include:

 > Developing an employment plan with both short-term and long-term goals set between the career planner and participant.

> Resume development, interview preparation, job interest assessment, and job leads.

> Career service workshops – Job Talk & Real Careers Training.

> Academies (Health Care, Hospitality Skills, Welding Class B, and Broadband), obtaining a certificate upon completion.

> Work experience, where participants work in the community and learn job skills and build local references for future employment.

FSET also offers supportive services such as:

> Transportation costs (for example: gas cards and bus tokens).

> Work-related costs (work clothes, shoes, or tools).

> Car repair with proper validation.

> Education costs – two years or less of schooling, text books, etc.

> GED/HSED test.

“We work with numerous organizations within the community to address the barriers people face that hinder gaining employment such as homelessness, transportation, food, and basic necessities,” Sullivan said. “We understand these are only a few barriers that people face, but we will work hard to eliminate as many as possible so keeping a job becomes attainable. Together, people helping people, we can make a difference one person at a time.”

Sullivan is in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Walk-in day is on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so no appointment is necessary.

“The only requirement is you need to be receiving FoodShare to qualify for our program,” Sullivan said. “We will be happy to assist you with the process of applying for FoodShare when you stop in. Career planner Lori McFaggan assists with setting goals and developing a plan that is right for you.” 

The office is located at 522 Service Rd. in Spooner.

“We have a FSET Success Wall with many of our participants’ pictures with inspirational quotes about their success in our program,” Sullivan said. “You can be the next success story just by stopping in and learning about our program. We hope to see you very soon.”

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