Employment and Training (E&T) Requirements
Florida’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often referred to as Food Stamps, requires that all Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDS), ages 18-49, must participate in the SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program. The goal of the SNAP E&T program is to help unemployed recipients of food assistance benefits gain skills, training, and work experience. CareerSource Brevard oversees the SNAP E&T program in Brevard County in partnership with Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
As of June 1, 2021, all SNAP ABAWDs and TCA applicants who apply for benefits and are determined eligible or who complete the recertification process beginning in the month of June, will receive notification of the mandatory work requirements. This notification will include the appropriate steps required for benefit recipients to take in order to meet work requirements and sustain benefit assistance. New recipients as of June 1 must comply with the same process that existed prior to the public health emergency, including completing an on-line orientation and assessment, meeting with a case worker and engaging in work activities, including job search, training, and community work experience. For more information on the Reinstatement of Work Requirements, please refer to the Work Requirements FAQ’s.
Once you have been referred to the SNAP E&T program, you must complete the following steps to maintain eligibility for food stamp assistance. The information provided below is your guide through the process, which includes orientation, an assessment, and scheduling for an Employment & Training Planning Session with CareerSource Brevard.
Each of these three steps contains time-sensitive deadlines that, if not met, may affect the continuance of your Food Assistance benefit. It is important that you read the requirements carefully.
Click here to create an account in the OSST Client website and begin the required Orientation. Select the “New User Login” option. Once you create your account, you will have access to a page called “myTess”, which stands for “My Tools for Economic Self-Sufficiency”. This page will enable you to manage your required activities.
Within the OSST Client website, click on Step 2 to complete your Assessment with 7 days of the letter date. Please fill in all information requested before moving on to Step 3. If prompted for a password, this will be the password you used to log in or updated during your initial log-in.
Within the OSST Client website, click on Step 3 to complete or update your registration with Employ Florida.
You must update the following information
- Personal Profile Information
- Background Wizard and/or Resume
CareerSource Brevard has set up group Employment & Training Planning Sessions both in person and virtually (over the computer). At a group session, you will be required to:
- Complete additional engagement forms and
- Select your SNAP E&T activity(s) to remain in compliance with the monthly 80 hours of ongoing participation.
Schedule to attend the in-person Employment & Training Planning Session here. (coming soon!)
Please arrive promptly when scheduled. Priority for these sessions are given to those already scheduled. All SNAP E&T participants must be scheduled to attend a session.
Schedule to attend the virtual Employment & Training Planning Session here. (coming soon!) Please log in to the meeting early to ensure that all software and connections are working correctly.
During your Employment & Training Planning Session, you will be assigned your monthly 80-hour activity(s). Remember that you must complete 80 hours per month in your qualifying SNAP E&T activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended.
Transportation Reimbursement Assistance:
If you are interested in receiving help with your job search efforts, participating in activities, and receiving Food Stamp Reimbursements (FSRs) to help offset the cost of transportation, please discuss with your SNAP E&T Career Counselor.