Department of Family Services - Employment and Training

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-533-5400 TTY 711
Virginia Career Works – Fairfax Annandale Center - 7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing) Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003
Lisa Tatum

Employment and Training - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAPET)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAPET) offers employment and training assistance to those wanting to find a job. Participants meet with a Workforce Development Specialist and receive career coaching to develop professional goals. With the help of partner resources, participants may also receive occupational skills training to support their goal of economic self-sufficiency.

SNAPET services may include:

  • Vocational training.
  • GED and high school completion options.
  • Job leads for interim and full-time employment.
  • Resume, mock interviews, and job placement assistance.
  • Supportive services, such as transportation assistance or purchasing an employer required work uniform.
  • Job retention services, including ongoing coaching, career guidance, and referrals to various local supportive service resources.

SNAP recipients are required to participate in SNAPET if they are considered ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents under 18 years old) as a condition of eligibility for SNAP benefits beyond the first 90 days, unless they are already working at least 20 hours a week or are exempt from working due to the following reasons:

  • Age (under 18 years old or over 50 years old).
  • Disability.
  • An adult member of a SNAP household of which a child under age 18 is present.
  • A pregnant woman.
  • A student enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education or any recognized school or training program.
  • Caregiver for an incapacitated person.
  • Applicants for and recipients of unemployment benefits in Virginia.
  • Participants in a drug or alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation program.

All participants need to fulfill 20 hours a week of employment and training activities, such as:

  • Participating in job search training activities, such as:
    • Meeting with a career counselor.
    • Attending an employment workshop or training.
    • Participating in additional workforce development programs.
  • Volunteering for any non-profit organization to help build transferable skills.
  • Completing a short-term certificate training program
  • Completing 24 job searches per month (for two consecutive months).

The SNAPET Specialists look forward to working with you towards your employment goals.

  1. Contact your SNAP worker to see if SNAPET is right for you. If you need assistance in reaching your SNAP worker, contact the Call Center at 703-324-7500.
  2. Your SNAP worker will send a referral to the SNAPET employment specialists. You will then receive a letter or email with details to attend an upcoming information and intake session.
Are you looking for employment assistance, but you are not required to participate in SNAPET? Contact or visit our One-Stop Employment Resource Centers!
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