Step Three – Unsuccessful Candidates and Career Referral

Inform unsuccessful candidates why their selection at this time may not be the best fit. In some cases, students may be urged to wait for an opening, reapply, or pursue another program better suited to their interests and abilities.

What happens when an applicant is rejected?

Often applicants pass assessment tests but do not appear to have the desire or interest required of successful participants. It cannot be assumed that applicants will understand the limitations of resources associated with Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (JT) programs. Some residents may view the JT program as somewhere to go, better than nothing, or a right rather than an opportunity.

For this reason, it is recommended to begin a conversation about establishing a policy for documenting acceptance and rejection of applicants. This conversation may additionally expand to the development of an objective and documented methodology for student recruitment. Use of ranking criteria, as does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in selecting JT grantees, may provide a starting point for such conversations.

Rejected applicants, especially those passing several filters, need to have alternative opportunity recommendations presented. Perhaps another trade or occupation with feedback to the career center for additional assistance is in order. When applicants are qualified, waiting lists for the next cohort may also be a reasonable approach.


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