SER’s Farmworker Jobs Program
The USDOL awarded SER the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP, also known as Farmworker’s Program) in July 2021. This program provides services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents. SER currently has the capacity to serve 300 adults and youths in the four (4) California counties of Imperial, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. SER assists farmworkers and their dependents to acquire necessary skills to either stabilize or advance in their agricultural jobs or obtain employment in new industries. To support our farmworkers, NFJP will work to provide safe, sanitary permanent and temporary housing. The NFJP partners with the Monitor Advocate System to ensure farmworkers have equitable access to career services, skill development, and workforce protections offered by American Job Centers, to improve their living and working conditions.
What does our program offer?
Work Readiness Skills
All participants will be enrolled in our Work Readiness course including the four (4) essential job search components: Interview Preparation, Job Application, Job Search, and Resume Writing. This course is designed to equip the participants with job-search skills to successfully navigate the job market, become self-sufficient, and educate them on the resources needed to obtain and maintain employment.
Participants will be provided opportunities to identify their personal career preferences and explore possible occupations through assessments, work experience modules, and on-the-job training.
An NFJP training strategy is to increase participant skills and to incentivize the hiring of participants. Paid training is provided by an employer while a participant is engaged in productive work, providing knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
NFJP staff will provide participants assistance in career counseling, testing, occupational and labor market information, assessment, and referral to employers. Additionally, staff will refer skilled candidates for hard-to-fill job orders, and assist with job restructuring/promotions.
Job Search Assistance
Participants will be instructed on the use of various systems to browse job openings, create a résumé, and apply for jobs.
We host a collaborative process where NFJP staff facilitate the assessment, planning, program coordination, evaluation and advocacy for the participant. This allows the participant to take part in all qualifying aspects of the NFJP; the participant never has to guess or try to find trainings on their own. Each participant is assisted in locating suitable trainings, job opportunities and essential support services.
A Qualified Farmworker
In order to be qualified for our National Farmworkers Job Program, at least 50% of your annualized income should be farmwork. Participants must have performed labor for wages in occupations and industries within agricultural services for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to applying for the program. Our participants must also be Low Income according to the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL) pertaining county of residence.
SER’s NFJP Locations (listed by Counties)
155 W. Main St. #2, El Centro, CA 92243
Santa Barbara County
301. S. Miller St. Suite 216, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Santa Clara County
7365 Monterey Rd Suite #9, Gilroy, CA 95020
Santa Cruz County
349 Main St. Suite 202, Watsonville, CA 95076