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Full Employment Program

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 more)

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?

  1. Employer contacts and provides ESP Case Manager with a job description
  2. ESP Case Manager refers a job-ready VIEW program participant
  3. Employer conducts job interview and hires referral
  4. Employer becomes a FEP Partner

FEP Payments

FEP Employers receive monthly payments issued by the local department of social services responsible for the FEP placement.

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