The following core paid employment activities are listed in the order that most likely leads to self-sufficiency for the Temporary Assistance (TA) recipient.
- Unsubsidized Employment: This paid activity includes any bona-fide job in which the wages are fully paid by the employer (at no cost to the government). Sustaining unsubsidized paid employment is the primary goal for TA recipients. This core activity can also be used to meet non-core work participation requirements.
- On-the-Job Training (OJT): This paid activity occurs when a public or private employer hires a TA recipient through a contractual arrangement with the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) contracted service provider to provide hands-on training at the employer’s place of business. At the end of the training period the employer hires the TA recipient. Employers are reimbursed from MWA or other federal funds for up to one-half of the employee’s wage during the training period. This core activity can also be used to meet non-core work participation requirements.
- Subsidized Employment in the Private or Public Sector: Subsidized employment in the private sector is employment by private, for-profit employers; and subsidized employment in the public sector is employment by governmental or other public or non-profit entities. Wages are paid by federal, state, or other public funds. This activity does not guarantee employment, but can give the TA recipient the skills in “regular employment” to lead to unsubsidized employment. This core activity can also be used to meet non-core work participation requirements.