(1) "Work experience" means placement in a formal job site training experience that provides an individual with an opportunity to acquire the general skills, training, knowledge, and work habits necessary to obtain employment. All work experience placements have a detailed training plan. The main purpose of work experience is to improve the employability of those who cannot find unsubsidized employment. Other specific purposes of the work experience placement component are to:
(a) provide meaningful training for participants with little or no work history;
(b) provide an avenue for participants to earn a current recommendation; and
(c) provide participants with the skills to balance the demands of home and activities outside the home.
(2) After consulting with the participant and review of the WEX site goals and training plan, the department shall determine what work experience training site will best suit the individualized needs of the participant and how many hours per week the participant shall be required to participate. However, participants may not be required to participate more than 40 hours per week in work experience component activities.
(3) A participant's assignment to a work experience component site is subject to the following requirements:
(a) the site must be in compliance with all applicable federal, state, or local health and safety standards;
(b) nondisplacement should be established; and
(c) the work site and the sponsoring agency have entered into a written agreement.
(4) A participant shall not be assigned to a site until the department and the sponsoring agency have entered into an agreement.