The Worker-Trainee Opportunities Program (W-TOP) was designed in the Government's continuing efforts to hire and develop low-skilled and disadvantaged individuals. The W-TOP is primarily used to fill positions restructured at a very low entry level (normally GS-01 or equivalent), referred to as developmental jobs, which require special types of training and developmental experiences that lead to target positions at higher grade levels. Positions are targeted generally to the GS-03 (or equivalent) grade level and above. Progression is based on meeting qualification and training plan requirements.
This employment program is also a mechanism for meeting
affirmative action goals set by the installation, for example, increasing representation of women in blue collar occupations.