A variety of other resources are available for reference in building effective SNAP E&T programs.
SNAP E&T for Culinary Training Programs (Catalyst Kitchen Network, 2017)

The SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program provides SNAP participants opportunities and supports to gain skills, training, and experiences that will help them find good jobs. This webinar breaks down the mission, funding, administration, and more of the program. Learn about the opportunities and flexibilities it offers!

Integrated Education and Training Policy Scan (National Skills Coalition, 2017)

NSC scanned all 50 States and the District of Columbia to learn which States have Integrated Education and Training (IET) policies in place. The scan shows that 18 States have adopted at least one form of IET and provides useful information on those programs. IET is an effective workforce development strategy for lower-skilled SNAP E&T participants and an allowable use of SNAP E&T funding.

United States’ Skilled Technical Workforce Is Inadequate to Compete in Coming Decades (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 2017)

This report examines the supply of and demand for workers for skilled technical occupations (jobs that require a high level of knowledge in a technical field for entry, but not a bachelor’s degree). The report finds that the current supply of the skilled technical workforce is inadequate to meet the demand of the changing U.S. economy. To address this challenge, the report recommends strengthening career guidance and information on the returns to investing in technical skills; and providing support services to address challenges faced by many students who juggle work, family, and school obligations.

SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) Best Practices Study: Final Report (USDA, 2016)

This study — mandated by Section 4022 of the Agricultural Act of 2014— reviews research on employment and training (E&T) program components and practices that: (1) assist members of households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to obtain regular employment; and (2) are best integrated with State workforce development systems. This review also included research on the effectiveness of E&T components offered to low-income individuals by other Federal and State agencies, and the private philanthropic sector.

State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning (National Governors Association, 2016)

The brief highlights strategies that support high-quality, demand driven work-based learning programs and how Governors can use these strategies to support State industries and build a more economically competitive economy. The information gathered in the brief comes from best practices gleaned from a series of convenings and technical assistance initiatives supported through the National Governors Association.

SNAP E&T - Opportunities for Alignment with WIOA (Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2016)

This brief by SJI examines the initial impact on States’ SNAP E&T programs of the passage of WIOA and the opportunity it afforded States to develop new plans for their public workforce systems that align programs such as SNAP E&T with WIOA-supported core programs. It presents case studies and offers suggestions for integrating these programs in a way that is beneficial to the expansion of job-driven SNAP E&T programs. 

Building Skills through SNAP Employment and Training: Recommendations from Lessons Learned in Four States (National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2016)

In 2015, in partnership with the National Skills Coalition, SJI worked with four States to expand skills-based SNAP E&T programs. This brief shares recommendations and lessons learned from SJI and NSC’s work with Connecticut, Maryland, Iowa, and Oregon.

Replicating Success: Recommendations and Best Practices from Washington State’s SNAP E&T Program (BFET) (National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2014)

SJI and the National Skills Coalition co-authored a SNAP E&T “Best Practices” brief that provides a quick overview of what makes effective SNAP E&T programs.

Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training Program (Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2014)

In 2014, SJI completed a definitive overview of Washington State’s BFET (SNAP E&T) program.  This paper provides a history of the program’s initial development and growth; a detailed look at how the program operates; an overview of its outcomes; and a set of best practices and recommendations for other States considering expanding their own SNAP E&T programs. 

Training Policy in Brief: SNAP Employment and Training Program (National Skills Coalition, 2014)

This brief by the National Skills Coalition provides an excellent overview of SNAP E&T program and policies.  It is a good starting place for better understanding the program.

To access valuable resources on related topics such as SNAP and workforce development, as well as SNAP to Skills Project Policy Briefs and E-Newsletters, see Resources.

To learn more about SNAP E&T programs within the states, see In Focus: SNAP E&T in the States.