Improving Employment Outcomes: The Critical Role of Financial Education

Monday, April 29, 2024
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Access to financial literacy education/services is vital to the overall well-being of jobseekers and employees of all kinds, including people with disabilities. Yet, financial education is often not made available when offering employment services. April was “Financial Literacy Awareness Month.” View this webinar archive to learn how workforce systems are effectively integrating financial education into their service delivery.

During this presentation, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) shared findings from a recent study on the financial service needs of the workforce system. Workforce professionals explained how they support jobseekers with disabilities through financial education. Webinar participants also learned how the Secure Your Financial Future: A Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities provides jobseekers and workforce professionals with resources, tools and financial engagement approaches to benefit everyone regardless of where they are in their work life cycle. Finally, an individual with a disability described how they benefitted from employment and financial education services within the workforce system, which resulted in a successful transition off of public benefits.

During this webinar, participants learned:

  • Financial education is a critical component of service delivery in the workforce system.
  • The Financial Toolkit is a valuable resource to workforce professionals serving jobseekers, including people with disabilities.
  • Workforce systems providing financial education services are supporting jobseekers receiving social security disability and other public benefits to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Featured Speakers and Individual Success Story

  • Melissa Robbins, CEO, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)
  • Lance Kaldor, Disability Resource Coordinator, Idaho Department of Labor, Boise, Idaho
  • Barbara Green, Ticket to Work Coordinator, Workforce Alliance, South Central Connecticut American Job Center
  • Carolina Zamora-Rocha, Pharmacy Technician, Genoa Healthcare, Waterbury, Connecticut