El Programa del Empleado Estimado
Valued Employee Program

The University of Northern Iowa's New Iowans Program developed El Programa del Empleado Estimado (Valued Employee Program) as part of a US Department of Labor project, Integrating Immigrant and Refugees into the Workforce. El Programa del Empleado Estimado provides immigrant and refugee newcomers training on how to be a valued employee and team member and how to increase their own value with current and future employers. The 5-module program combines practical workplace training with on-site business/industrial tours and discussions with human resource managers and business representatives. The format challenges newcomers to reflect on their own work and personal experience, develop and enhance skills necessary for succeeding and advancing in the workplace, and to aspire to advance with current employers and/or obtain new employments possibly in a field that had not been previously considered.

The Program Guide may be downloaded as a .pdf using the link below. The guide assists interested individuals or organizations, with little or no experience in immigrant/refugee workplace training, in coordinating and facilitating an effective program. Community agencies such as economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, community colleges, workforce development agencies and industry councils are ideally suited to coordinate a valued employee program in their community. Facilitators need not be fluent in the foreign language of students.

Valued Employee Program (PDF)

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