What is FEP?
The Full Employment Program (FEP) is a subsidized employment program available through the Virginia Department of Social Services. FEP is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to increase self-sufficiency by earning a living wage, increase career-related work skills, and improve their competitiveness in the labor market.
The FEP Employer can receive a monthly stipend for a maximum of 6 months for each FEP Participant hired to work an average of 20 hours or more a week.
Tier I - $500 per month (When participants work on average 20 - 29 hours)
Tier II - $750 per month (When participants work on average 30 - 39 hours)
Tier III - $1,000 per month (When participants work on average 40 hours or
What is subsidized employment?
Subsidized private (includes non-profits organizations) and public sector employment means employment in those sectors for which the employer receives a subsidy to offset some or all of the wages and costs of employing an individual.
How can I become a FEP Employer as a workforce partner?
- Contact their local department of social services (LDSS) Employment Services Program (ESP) to inquire about becoming a partner.
- Be any employer (including public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private businesses), licensed and in good standing to conduct business with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Complete the VIEW Full Employment Program Agreement. This includes but are not limited to:
- Paying a living wage (not commissions) and guarantee work for at least 20 hours per week.
- Maintaining appropriate workplace standards of employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
- Guaranteeing that no displacement or replacement of other staff will occur.
- Keep daily attendance records for each FEP Participant.
What's the process?
- Employer contacts and provides ESP Case Manager with a job description
- ESP Case Manager refers a job-ready VIEW program participant
- Employer conducts job interview and hires referral
- Employer becomes a FEP Partner
FEP Employers receive monthly payments issued by the local department of social services responsible for the FEP placement.