University of Vermont

Academic Success Programs

Federal Workforce Recruitment Program

What is the Workforce Recruitment Program?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) connects public and private employers with highly motivated undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.  The WRP provides individuals opportunities to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills, gain valuable work experience and establish job contacts.  The WRP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) with support from other federal agencies.

How does the program work?

During October and November 2013, WRP recruiters will be conducting phone interviews with applicants who wish to be entered into the WRP employment database.  The database will include contact information, degree, major, GPA, job location preference, interview notes, resume, transcripts, and potential accommodation needs for students who receive an acceptable evaluation during the interview process.

In December 2013, the database will be opened to all employers registered with WRP nationwide.  Both federal employers and private companies hire candidates from the database throughout the year for summer/temporary or permanent positions across the United States and abroad.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants for the WRP program must:

  • Have a disability that allows for Schedule A* eligibility
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled on a full-time basis (unless taking a reduced course load through Disability Services or in the last semester before graduation) OR have graduated within the past year. (Students who graduated before October 2012 are not eligible for the WRP)

*To be Schedule A eligible, you will need to meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Registered with and/or receive accommodations through Disability Services.
  • Received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
  • Diagnosed with a medical condition that is treated by a mental health professional such as a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorder, etc.
  • Identified as needing services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Received services in elementary or high school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan.
  • Received vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended definitions of an individual with a disability.

**To be eligible for appointment via Schedule A, candidates must be able to provide supporting documentation, referred to as a Schedule A Letter.  This may be completed by a licensed medical professional, licensed rehabilitation professional, or any agency that provides disability benefits.  Although candidates may not need to provide a Schedule A letter until later in the hiring process, having it upfront will improve the chances of being hired quickly.  Contact a campus coordinator for a sample Schedule A Letter or for more information about guidelines.

What is the application process?

1.    Online registration opens August 19, 2013.  Candidates must register through the WRP Student Self-Registration page.  All registrations must be approved by a campus coordinator before candidates can complete their applications.  Candidates may be contacted by the campus coordinator to confirm their eligibility.  Once a candidate’s registration is approved, he/she will receive an email with a username and temporary password and may begin the application process.

2.    Candidates can log into the Online Application Page using their username and temporary password.  Items to be obtained and/or completed by the candidate and submitted online prior to the interview include:

a.    (Required) Resume - Word documents are required

b.    (Required) College Transcript(s) - Official or unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts are acceptable.  Word or other text documents are strongly encouraged

c.    (Optional) Any additional supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation, writing samples, Schedule A Letter, etc.

All documents must be uploaded to the Manage Documents Page of the online application in order for a candidate’s application to be complete.  Applications must be completed by October 16, 2013.

3.    After registration has been approved and all application materials have been uploaded, the campus coordinators will contact candidates to coordinate scheduling and prepare them for phone interviews.  Interviews will take place October 21, 2013 through November 8, 2013.

For more information, please contact the WRP UVM Campus Coordinators: ACCESS Office, A-170, L/L: 6-7753

To see some captioned videos for WRP, go to their video site.

Last modified August 13 2014 04:08 PM

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