Getting to Work Training Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Getting to Work

Access the Getting the Work Curriculum

Work is a fundamental part of life – it can offer purpose, community, access to services, and the opportunity to lead an independent, self-directed life for many people, including people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Working is possible with HIV. Through creative partnerships involving HIV/AIDS service providers, employers, and people with HIV, more and more people are entering or returning to the workforce.

HIV/AIDS service providers are recognizing that employment is a key component of serving the whole person. Among the HIV/AIDS service providers who have implemented employment services, effective practices have been identified and positive employment outcomes have resulted. To effectively provide such services, it is important that providers understand HIV/AIDS in the context of employment and the different approaches to helping clients who are ready to work identify and achieve their related goals. This training curriculum, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, assists HIV/AIDS service providers in strengthening their understanding of these issues.

Learning Objectives

Individuals who complete Getting to Work will be able to:

  1. Discuss the value of employment services for people living with HIV/AIDS
  2. Articulate what employment services are, both broadly and within the context of HIV/AIDS service provision, and explain effective practices for providing them
  3. Describe various disability-related programs, laws, and benefits, how they impact employment and employment services provision for PLWHA, and how they can be used to facilitate employment
  4. Develop strategies for advancing effective practices and increasing access to resources and programming to facilitate employment


How long does Getting to Work take to complete?

Each module takes approximately one hour to complete.

Do I need to complete Getting to Work in one sitting?

No. If you leave the training at any time, your place will be saved. Simply log back in and begin where you left off.

If I’m not an HIV/AIDS service provider, should I complete Getting to Work?

The content in this curriculum applies to other populations with employment challenges, including people who are homeless and/or have other disabilities, especially episodic disabilities. The content in Getting to Work, particularly in Module 1, may also be helpful for employers seeking to or currently employing people living with HIV/AIDS.

Who developed this training?

Given the broad content covered in this curriculum, Getting to Work was developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC), an alliance of individuals living with HIV, service providers, researchers and advocates who are committed to improving the financial and personal wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS, with additional input and support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and numerous stakeholders from the HIV/AIDS community with an investment in HIV/AIDS and employment.